Caney Valley college district addresses alleged scholar recreation of racist photograph

CANEY, Kan. (KWCH) – A faculty district in southeast Kansas is held a board meeting Wednesday night after a group of superior college learners are accused of recreating a racist picture in the school’s health club.

The a few college students associated go to Caney Valley Significant College in Montgomery County. Forward of Wednesday’s board meeting, Eyewitness News spoke with the Caney Valley Public Faculty superintendent and the girl who posted the photograph in problem to Facebook, contacting for change.

The three learners experience disciplinary action soon after a image of them in the high faculty gymnasium emerged (left). Some college students reported the a few pictured recreated a racist picture of someone in a Ku Klux Klan hood with two other individuals dressed in blackface (proper). That initial graphic experienced a racist caption, indicating the two people today in blackface experienced been hunted.

The two photographs were being posted together on social media, side by aspect. Caney Valley Superintendent Blake Vargas claimed directors were 1st alerted by a scholar who was a recipient of the photo.

Three pupils at Caney Valley Substantial College in Caney, Kan. have been accused of recreating a racist image of anyone in a Ku Klux Klan hood with two many others dressed in blackface.(Photograph shared on social media by former scholar contacting for improve)

“They quickly went to administration there and let them know the of course, horrible, awful mother nature of it. And immediately an investigation commenced into how this arrived about and why this was created,” Vargas mentioned.

Recent Caney Valley Higher University graduate Arianna Gwinn explained she shared the picture on her Facebook website page. She’s a mixed-race lady who desires to see modifications produced.

“Understand that most people needs to master about Black lifestyle and everything like that simply because if we did, the young children would not imagine it is as funny to know what some of the Black ancestors went through,” Gwinn reported.

Wednesday night’s board assembly was to handle the incident and recent guidelines. Vargas said federal law “prohibits the district from disclosing precise punishments with regards to students at the summary of an investigation.”

“We are hoping as educators, that we do our element to teach everybody how hurtful this is,” Vargas stated. “No make a difference what the intent guiding it is, it is certainly horrific.”

At the assembly, board users talked about what needed finished to make certain anything like this does not occur again. The faculty board accredited an rapid evaluation of the district’s handbook and insurance policies, indicating this is not going to be a just one-working day difficulty, but a multi-period solution. The board said it will function to get a committee jointly and will be functioning with a senior variety officer from Pittsburgh State College.

“I feel offered the situation, it went as very well as it could and I was very pleased that the board reacted as swift as they did in a swift manner,” Vargas mentioned. “And after tonight, their district motion was to make confident we glance at all regions of racial equality and inclusion in our whole district.”

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