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Student wears KKK costume for class presentation: ‘I just can’t believe someone would actually put that on’

Posted at 12:01 PM, Apr 19, 2016

SALEM, Wis. -- A high school student wearing a Ku Klux Klan costume in the classroom of a Wisconsin high school has sparked outrage online. A classmate at Westosha Central High School took the photo of the student, who wore the KKK outfit while making a presentation about crime in the 1920s.

"Once I heard it - I just can`t believe someone would actually put that on," said Brett Sandberg, an alumnus of the school.

That was the reaction from many as the image circulated on social media Monday.

"I would have said something - like maybe, instead of putting it on, I would have shown it not on myself," said senior Camille Tracy.

Principal Lisa Albrecht posted a statement on the school's Facebook page, which has since been taken down.


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School officials declined to be interviewed.

Not everyone in the community thinks an apology is warranted in this case.

"He`s not wearing it to recess. He`s wearing it for educational purposes. If that`s what his presentation was and he wanted to wear it, yeah he should," said Jack Harris, who lives near the school.

Others said there is a much better way to get your classmates' attention - one that won't end up on Twitter.

"I think it should have been shown instead of worn," said Sandberg.