A Florida high school is looking to punish three students who allegedly wore Ku Klux Klan costumes to school.
Pictures showed the students at Wiregrass Ranch High School dressed in white pointed hoods with eyeholes cut out, CBS Miami reported.
The school originally said they were ghost costumes that were part of spirit week.
“Usually ghosts don’t have pointed hats,” said school Superintendent Kurt Browning.
Parents point to growing racial tensions in the area following recent events: “Since our kids kneeled at the football game last week, there’s been a lot of racial tension in the community. Never would I have expected that students or even families would have taken it as far as wearing Ku Klux Klan paraphernalia to the school,” said parent Dee Green.
However, the students under the sheets turned out to be minority students. The school district said one was Middle Eastern and two were Hispanic.
“The last thing we need is to have any student regardless of race dressed up in that type of costume,” Browning said.
Another student wore a Confederate flag as a cape. He was asked to take it off, but was not punished.
The district is not disclosing how the three students will be punished, but WFTS reported that it may include up to a ten-day out-of-school suspension.