Hartselle high school senior suspended for posting KKK photo on social media

The student has been suspended while the the school district and police investigate the photo.

Posted: Aug. 8, 2018 7:17 PM
Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 3:40 AM

A Hartselle High School senior is now suspended after posting an altered photo of students with a Ku Klux Klan over their head.

"This not indicative of our students and this is not indicative of our community. This is something we take seriously," said Principal Brad Cooper.

Cooper told WAAY-31 the suspended student took a picture of two classmates Tuesday, then went home and applied a filter which replicates the KKK hood. Someone saw it and posted it to Facebook.

"The students were not aware their photo was taken. They found out like most people did, when it was posted on social media," Bright said. He also told WAAY-31 the student who took the picture said he is not racist, and was simply playing with filters on the Snap Chat app. Bright said she understands kids being kids, but she is surprised there's a filter that mimics the KKK.

"I am, and it shouldn't be there. No, they shouldn't have that," Bright said.

Parents with whom WAAY 31 spoke said they thought the photo was very inappropriate, and instantly knew it was fake.

"It was ludicrous and silly that they would not have done that to begin with," said Melissa Bright.

 Bright's child just graduated from Hartselle High School. She told WAAY-TV she can’t imagine students wearing head gear that resembles the Ku Klux Klan hood.

"I know the staff at the school would not allow them to sit there like that, so you knew it wasn't real," Bright said.

Cooper also told WAAY 31 students are not allowed to use their phones in class, so nobody should take pictures in school. Most districts across North Alabama have similar policies in place.

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