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Wyoming students disciplined for wearing white hoods, robes

December 19, 2019 GMT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Two students have been disciplined for arriving at a Wyoming high school wearing white hoods and robes, officials said.

The two Riverton High School students entered the school Wednesday wearing the clothing at the start of a day to celebrate school spirit, The Casper Star-Tribune reports.

In an image circulated on social media, the first student entered the school wearing a white hood covering the head and eyes. The student carried a small American flag and wore a cross hung around the neck.

Another student dressed in white followed into the school in Riverton, 120 miles (193 kilometers) west of Casper.

The students’ outfits were immediately recognized and addressed by staff, Fremont County School District No. 25 Superintendent Terry Snyder said.

White robes and hoods are associated with the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacy organization.

Some social media commentators said the student with the cross was dressed as a monk, but Snyder rejected the suggestion.

“We have interpreted the attire to be offensive and to be inappropriate,” Snyder said.

“We understand there can be different interpretations, but through our investigation, we believe that it was offensive and inappropriate, and we have taken disciplinary action with the students involved,” Snyder said.