People Horrified To See Teens Wearing White Hoods - Then They See What Else Is In Photo

Back to school is in full swing, and families across the nation are doing their best to get off on the right foot. That hasn’t happened for the community of Creston, Iowa, as the town has been rocked by a disturbing photo that began making the rounds on social media. As the New York Post shares, the photo captures some students from Creston Community High School engaging in disturbing activities.

The students can be seen wearing white hoods and brandishing a Confederate flag while burning a cross. There are five students in the photo, and at least one of them appears to be carrying a rifle.

“Principal Bill Messerole told The Associated Press that the students involved have been disciplined, but would not say what that discipline entailed, citing the school’s student confidentiality policy,” the Post reports. “Messerole said school officials met with the students, but declined to comment on what was discussed. He declined to say whether he had spoken to the students’ parents or guardians.”

Messerole offered up some comments on the disturbing photo, and it’s clearly not something he anticipated having to deal with. He notes that it wasn’t taken on school grounds, but it still reflects horribly on the school and the community as a whole. While the students are the ones ultimately responsible for their actions, there are inevitable questions about exactly what inspired them to share such an incendiary image.

“I’m new to this. I haven’t had any situations like this before,” he said. “Our investigation is ongoing,” Messerole said. “I would say that picture does not reflect the values of Creston High School, our school district or our community whatsoever. This certainly isn't an issue that you just forget and move on. ... We want to make sure that it's OK to have a dialogue about this. The students that I've talked with today were obviously upset by the photo. Our students know that that's not what our school stands for," Messerole said. "This is a good student body. I have always been proud of this student body. This isn't what our students are about. Our students are above this."

Assistant principal Jeff Bevins added some thoughts, and he echoed Messerole’s take.

"That picture does not represent the beliefs of our school system, our parents or our community," he said.

It’s unclear what the discipline handed down to the students was, but we can only hope they were made an example of. While it would be nice to assume there won’t be any copycat incidents, a failure to hold these students accountable could lead others to become emboldened to post their own outrageous images in a bid for attention. It’s unclear if that was the goal of the students in question, or if they legitimately hold white supremacist values near and dear to them.

Either way, extensive interviews should be conducted with all of them before they are allowed to reenter the school population and resume activities as normal.

Source: New York Post, The Des Moines Register
Photo: The Des Moines Register

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