In Albuquerque, New Mexico, two high school students have been suspended for posting a photoshopped image of students in KKK hoods surrounding a black classmate. As local news station KOB 4 reports, the students posted the picture on the school’s official Snapchat group. Several students saw the photo before administrators were able to remove it.
“It was awful,” Mary Morrow-Webb, the mother of the student in the picture, told KOB 4. “It was frightening. I just really got sick to my stomach. I was afraid for my daughters and for the other children there that are at risk for these types of threats.”
“You don’t expect your kids going to school and having to deal with racism and discrimination in 2017,” said the girl’s father, Lamont Webb. “It’s kind of appalling.”
The two students said that they only posted the photo as a “joke.” They both received a ten-day suspension, and one of them was removed from the school’s football team. But that might not be the end of their troubles. In fact, it could get much worse for the two bullies.
“We took this to our police department,” Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Raquel Reedy told KOB 4. “They came and investigated and are really looking very carefully at whether we should file charges for hate crimes. This is something we’re looking at very carefully because it’s this serious.”
The students are at least going to learn one thing from this: freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences.
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