Student dresses in Ku Klux Klan costume for final project, and apparently the teacher approved it

Hope Schreiber
Student wears Ku Klux Klan costume to school for history project. (Photo: ABC 7 Los Angeles)
Student wears Ku Klux Klan costume to school for history project. (Photo: ABC 7 Los Angeles)

High schoolers often act impulsively (see this promposal fail that’s a federal offense or even this teen who got her head stuck in a truck’s exhaust pipe), but hopefully, teachers are there to help steer them in the right direction.

That was apparently not the case at Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy in Los Angeles, where one student dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member to present a final history project.

Students at the school suggest that their teacher knew of the student’s plan.

Students presented their final projects dressed as historical figures. This student dressed as Hiram Wesley Evans, the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan from 1922 to 1939.

Needless to say, it left other students uncomfortable.

Lance Dantignac, who will be a senior next year at the school, told ABC 7, “He wore it like throughout the school, like in nutrition, lunch, things like that. I don’t think that’s appropriate.”

It made me feel like unsafe and threatened,” said Eliza Dumag, also a rising senior.

Other students wonder why the teacher would approve the controversial figure at all.

Trinity Young, who will also be a senior in the fall when school resumes, admits she was rattled. “It was hard to believe that she would allow a Klansman to walk around from her approval. So, we asked her, and she that, she compared the Klan to the Black Panther Party, which in my opinion are two different things. … It was troubling.”

She added, “He was a historical figure, but is that really a historical figure you want roaming around the school?”

The Los Angeles school district released the following statement: “L.A. Unified and Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy understand the extreme sensitivity around this issue and do not condone or support this type of reenactment.”

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