Utah boys suspended after Ku Klux Klan Halloween costume controversy

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 2:29 PM

The Associated Press

SMITHFIELD -- Officials at a Smithfield high school say they suspended two students who came to school on Halloween dressed as members of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Herald Journal reports the two Sky View High School juniors, including one white student and one African-American student, were sent home on Thursday and suspended on Friday. One of the students was barred from playing in a football game last week.

Principal Dave Swenson says the students didn't intend to be racist and thought their robes, hoods and torches were a joke. He says he held a meeting Monday between school officials and the students' parents to discuss how the outfits were offensive and were making classmates feel unsafe.

Sky View officials are not releasing the students' names.

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