Current and former Saint Francis students have been tied to an Instagram account that posted a racist image making fun of George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25.
The image, as indicated in a Change.org petition demanding that the high school discipline the students, refers to Floyd with a racial slur and makes fun of his appearance.
The school investigated the students affiliated with the Instagram account and found additional incidents of racist behaviors, according to Jason Curtis, the high school’s president.
The students involved face “serious consequences,” Curtis said in an interview. He declined to say what those consequences were, citing privacy concerns for minors.
He confirmed that one of those incidents had involved the use of blackface.
A group called “Concerned Parents – Black Lives Matter” created an event on Facebook to organize the march, calling on attendees to show the school’s administration that such actions will not be tolerated.
One of the protest’s organizers, Alicia Labana, is African American and a parent of a Saint Francis student. She said she wants the school to take a stronger stand in penalizing the students involved, including one or two students she said appear to be current students, based on online sports rosters. The school has so far only publicly attributed the actions to recent graduates in statements on the school website….
The above comes from a June 8 story in the Mountain View Voice.