A group of Creston High School students are in trouble after posting a photo on social media showing them burning a cross while wearing white hoods, waving a confederate flag, and carrying a rifle.
Creston High School administrators say they took action on the post as soon as they were made aware of it, reported WHOTV.
Principal Bill Messerole issued a statement saying, “This picture does not represent (Creston Community High School), our school system or our community. We are proud of how our students and staff conducted themselves today after the picture became public. It is of the utmost importance that our students feel safe and welcomed in our district.”
“There has certainly been something missing in how we present things to kids,” he told reporters in his office at the school. “We are going to have to do something different. … This is not our culture. This is not what we teach. This is not our community values.”
The school refused to reveal the names of the students or their punishment, but the Omaha World-Herald reported several people in town have said the students received a nine-day suspension. Of course many believe this is inadequate.
A current member of the Creston football team reached out to WHOTV anonymously to speak on behalf of his teammates. Here is his statement:
“As a current student at Creston and a member of the football team I would just like to make a statement. The five individuals that were involved with the picture are clearly in the wrong and they will face the consequences eventually. But I can promise everyone that as a whole our football team and community aren’t about that. The actions made by a small group shouldn’t represent the entire football team and community. I’m proud to be a part of what this team is actually about and it’s sad to see something like this ruin a rich tradition we carry.”
The fact that someone from the football team felt the need to address the issue, mentioning the team, suggests that some of those pictured are part of the team, whose quarterback is black.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)