Grand Forks students disciplined for wearing Klan costumes to hockey game
February 25, 2013 — 6:51am
The Grand Forks Herald reports that three students at Red River High School in Grand Forks have been disciplined for wearing Ku Klux Klan costumes -- white robes and pointed hoods -- during the school's North Dakota state hockey tournament game on Friday.
The photo gained notoriety after being posted on Twitter over the weekend.
Robb Jeffries of the Grand Forks Herald reported: "During Friday night’s game, a UND student took a photo of the students with his cell phone and posted it on the social media site Twitter. The photo showed the Red River student section during the game. Many students wore white clothing and white face paint, following school tradition that the fans dress in school colors during the state tournament. Called a 'white out,' the custom was popularized by the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets. But three of the students wore white robes and pointed hoods that bore striking resemblance to the costume of KKK members."
Red River principal Kris Arason said in a prepared statement: “We, as a school, are extremely disappointed with the behavior of these three students. This behavior is not a representation of our school or student body.”
Arason did not say what the actions were being taken against the student, who were identified as ninth-graders by other students in the Herald news story.
The Herald also reported: "Fargo Davies is named after Ronald Davies, a former U.S. District judge in Fargo who forced the governor of Arkansas to back down after the governor tried to interfere with the desegregation of Little Rock schools in 1957."
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