Three Mead High School students posted a reenactment of George Floyd’s murder to social media, an act the school superintendent called “disturbing and disgusting” Thursday.
The photo, which appeared to be originally posted to Snapchat, showed a student in blackface lying on the ground as one teen kneeled on his neck and another kneeled on his back, a replica of Floyd’s killing a year ago in Minneapolis that sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.
On top of the photo read a caption that said, “Bye bye senoirs (sic).”
In a letter Wednesday to Mead High School students and families, Principal Rachael Ayers said the “highly offensive photo” was taken on school grounds and that the administration has “begun an investigation into the matter.”
“I know that this behavior does not represent our strong Maverick community, and I want to acknowledge the supportive school culture our students, faculty and staff have cultivated through a challenging time,” Ayers wrote.
St. Vrain Valley School District Superintendent Don Haddad on Thursday called the photo “disgusting and disturbing.”
“We in the St. Vrain Valley Schools strongly condemn, and have no tolerance for, racism in any form and will be addressing this extremely serious matter immediately and accordingly,” Haddad wrote. “Our district reaffirms its commitment to diversity and equality in our schools and in our operations.”
It is unclear when the photo was taken and the students were not identified. The town of Mead is in Weld County, northeast of Longmont.
The surfacing of the photo comes nearly a year to the day after then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed Floyd, and a month after a jury convicted Chauvin of murder.
Haddad welcomed students to contact the school counseling office if they need additional support.
“We remain deeply committed to advancing the success of our students, and I want to reinforce my unwavering commitment to continue taking the necessary actions as the Superintendent of St. Vrain Valley Schools to ensure the human rights, respect, and safety of each and every person,” Haddad wrote.
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