Michigan school responds to backlash after student dresses as KKK for class project

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A Michigan high school is facing scrutiny after an image began to circulate of one of its students dressed as a KKK member.

According to Niles High School administrators, the student was dressed up as part of a presentation on racism and its history. But community members are appalled that the costume was even allowed to be part of the skit.

“You look at all the different things that’s going on around the country already with race relations, and you don’t think that you’d have to be dealing with that kind of stuff here,” said Pastor Bryant Bacon of Mount Calvary Baptist Church.

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“When you see that, it kind of raises some questions about what’s really going on around here,” said Pastor Bacon.

Still, Past Bacon said that he hopes the backlash generated by the image will help stoke a conversation about what is and is not appropriate.

“If we’re going to address these issues, then the teachers need to be trained a little bit better in how they address these issues, so it does not create any kind of tension,” he said.

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The school has since released a statement saying, “The inclusion of these props and costumes was highly inappropriate and insensitive. An investigation into the approval process for the skits and related classroom oversight is underway.”