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Photo in Klan-like garb leads to threats against Nash Central High students

Posted January 6, 2015

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— Six students are being escorted to class at Nash Central High School, officials said Tuesday, after a photo of them wearing what some say are Ku Klux Klan-style hoods made the rounds on social media.

The controversial photo first appeared on Instagram when the school was on Thanksgiving break. Parents of the six girls in the photo then notified Nash Central High officials that the girls had been threatened because of it, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Jackson said.

A investigation by the Nash County Sheriff's Office determined that the girls did nothing illegal, and school district officials said they didn't break any school rules. But that hasn't eased tensions in the community.

"It's sad," resident Minnie Johnson said Tuesday when she saw the photo, immediately saying the girls looked like Klan members.

"I was born in the '60s," Johnson said.

"They should have known better," said Shenna Tucker, a waitress at the Nashville Exchange sandwich shop. "Someone should have taught them better because it's not all right."

Gregg Perdue, who was eating at the sandwich shop, said people shouldn't be too quick to jump to conclusions.

"Now that it's got the exposure and people put their own spin on it, you can start thinking. We don't know until we find out what their intent was," Perdue said.

Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said the photo has "been taken all out of perspective," saying the girls told his deputies that the photo was taken at a party.

"It had nothing to do with the KKK or anything of that nature," Stone said.

One student said one of the girls in the photo told her the girls were simply making party hats.

Jackson said there have been no disruptions at Nash Central High because of the photo, but the district is working with the Juvenile Mediation Center at Campbell University to engender dialogue between students, parents and community members about the photo and the reaction it created in the community.

Students who had strong feelings about the photo also have been allowed to discuss the girls' actions to help ease tensions, he said.

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  • Combat MP Jan 7, 2015

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    IMHO You nailed this one. SINEOMINE and others like yourself know what we as a nation went through in the time of racial in-equalities and divide. I was a kid in the 60s and 70s and remember events happening and not understanding why (at the time). For people to assume that a pointed party hat is "Klan-like garb" is an effort to keep stirring the animosity pot and keep a divide between people. People must choose to accept the past, learn from it and move forward. My oldest would think "klan-like garb" would be from Scotland and would be a plaid kilt. We she is old enough, and ask. I will tell her of how terrible people were to each other and why when I was a kid.

  • arfamr1010 Jan 7, 2015

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    Wrong. That comment was not looking to blame anyone or a reason to commit crimes. Too many black people in America spend more time looking for a situation to use an excuse for being a failure than they do trying to succeed.

  • Red Sox Nation Jan 7, 2015

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    There's nothing wrong with twerking...... hahaha

  • Red Sox Nation Jan 7, 2015

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    I'm sure this may be lost on you, but I will try anyways........You do see the hypocrisy of you complaining about others complaining, right?? You are doing the exact thing you are complaining about. You're contributing to the never ending cycle.

  • arfamr1010 Jan 7, 2015

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    Dr. King would be outraged at the way black people overwhelmingly act in America today...especially in groups. Hip hop culture HAS taken black people back...beyond decades. They're back to tribal mentallity where rape, murder, robery, and twerk dancing are the norm.

  • arfamr1010 Jan 7, 2015

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    It's not hate, it's reality. I WILL teach my children to be cautious of young black men walking down the street as they may select you as a target for a robbery or "the knockout game". I will tell them to avoid waiting tables for black peopel because they're typically bad tippers. I will tell them to avoid doing service work for black people because they tend to complain about work done by white people in an attempt to get something extra for free. I will tell them to avoid hiring black people because they tend to be less than average with regard to work ethic and attendence. All of these things are my life experiences. No, they are not true 100% of the time, but often enough to merit teaching these things to avoid the mistakes that I've made.

  • Obama-in-2016 Jan 7, 2015

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    As a minority you should have the right to choose the persons punishment. Because you are special. For what, I am not sure, but you are.

  • arfamr1010 Jan 7, 2015

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    They do make up a disproportionally large segment of the welfare/foodstamp/section 8 population. So yes, that is what I'm saying.

  • arfamr1010 Jan 7, 2015

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    GET OVER IT!!! You were not enslaved!!! STOP BLAMING OTHER PEOPLE!!!

  • Lightfoot3 Jan 7, 2015

    "if this was done deliberately (which I seriously doubt), they should be held accountable." - CherryDarling


    Accountable for what? Have they broken some law?


    "one of them is doing a white power salute" - downtowner


    Which one? I haven't seen those gestures used by white power groups before. Looks more like a gang style, or like a gun. I will say that I don't believe the party hat claims. I think they were intentionally mimicking the KKK dress using what they had at the time. But that's their constitutional right to do so. If people don't like the picture, then don't look at it. Simple as that.

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