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Lansing Catholic social media manager posts photo showing student in Klan robe, placed on leave

Posted at 6:38 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 19:54:19-05

LANSING, Mich. — A photo depicting what appears to be a former Lansing Catholic High School student dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe was posted on the school's social media accounts on Thursday.

Lansing Catholic High President Dominic Iocco said in a statement that the 1979 throwback photo mostly shows students making the Roman salute as part of a theater production set in ancient Rome but that it also seems to show a student in Ku Klux Klan robes. He also noted that, in addition to being racist, the Klan was anti-Catholic.

"I was very angry and very sorry that this ever happened," he said. "It was wrong, offensive, and does not, in any way, reflect who we are as a school community."

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A 1979 photo from Lansing Catholic High School showing students giving a Roman salute as part of a theater production and one dressed in what appears to be Ku Klux Klan robes.

Some commenters on social media believe the image's context is clear.

"All that has happened over the course of the last year makes this really disappointing," said Darrin Robinson whose niece attends the school. Robinson says posting the photo during Black History Month was "tone deaf."

School officials deleted the photo from Lansing Catholic High's Facebook and Instagram accounts. The social media manager who posted the image has been placed on administrative leave. An internal investigation conducted by the school's board of directors is underway.

“I am sorry to our community, said Iocco. "We will get to the bottom of this and I share your anger and frustration over this terrible post that should have never happened."

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