WESLEY CHAPEL, FL (CBSMiami) — A Florida high school is looking at disciplining three students who allegedly wore Ku Klux Klan costumes to class.READ MORE: Manatee Deaths Rise In Florida As Pollutants Kill Seagrass
Images showed students at Wiregrass Ranch High School wearing white pointed hoods with eye holes cut out, as initial reports from the school said they were ghost costumes and part of spirit week.
“Usually ghosts don’t have pointed hats,” said school Superintendent Kurt Browning.
Parents said they have noticed growing tensions in the community following recent events.
“Since our kids kneeled at the football game last week, there’s been a lot of racial tension in the community,” said parent Dee Green. “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.”READ MORE: CBS4 Nat Moore Trophy Profile: Miami Central High Safety Alfonzo Allen
However, it turns out that under those sheets were three minority students. The school district said two are hispanic and one was middle eastern.
“The last thing we need is to have any student regardless of race dressed up in that type of costume,” Browning told the public.
Along with the three students in sheets, another wore a confederate flag as a cape. He was asked to take it off and wasn’t disciplined.
Wiregrass Ranch assistant football coach Brandon Tanner said it’s important to address racial issues head on.MORE NEWS: Arrest Affidavit: Accused Hollywood Cop Killer Jason Banegas Claims He Was Trying To Kill Himself In Struggle With Slain Officer Yandy Chirino
“This is not something that should be representative of the school,” he said. “I live in this neighborhood. I don’t deal with that kind of bigotry where I live.”