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Mound Westonka students in trouble for dressing suspiciously like Klansmen

What was this costume supposed to represent if not KKK hoods?

What was this costume supposed to represent if not KKK hoods?


Last week, a group of Mound Westonka high schoolers showed up wearing white to a costumed dodgeball tournament. Social media photos taken before the game show their outfits were complete with pointy white bandanas on their heads and white bandanas for masks. They called themselves Team Doot. To anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of American history, the look seemed a boldly tasteless allusion to really terrible people with terrible beliefs. 

The Mound Westonka student senate's dodgeball fundraiser this year was supposed to benefit Relay for Life. Traditionally, students are encouraged to wear costumes for school spirit.

While student spectators who were privy to the social media photos were immediately put off by the team's white cones, the school claims that "the improper nature of the conduct was not evident to staff during the tournament," according to a letter sent home to parents, because the kids had kept their bandannas tucked while on school property. The team was allowed to play on. 

The Westonka school district won't get into specifics about what Team Doot was thinking and whether the players were suspended, but confirmed that it launched an investigation the day after the tournament. That investigation concluded that some students had violated district policy both on and off campus, resulting in "appropriate action." 

Students on social media made it clear the students were suspended. While some initially started tweeting #unsuspendteamdoot in support of their classmates' right to make stupid decisions, others responded that the boys were circulating white supremacist messages on social media prior to the tournament, which leaves little confusion as to whether they really meant to be KKK. 

— Lauren Evans (@Lauren9D9) January 30, 2016
Mound Westonka is still looking into whether more students were involved. The high school started Monday off with a video about respect. "Productive conversations on respect" will continue in the weeks ahead, the school promises.