Grand Forks students wore KKK hoods during high school hockey game [PHOTO]

Categories: Racism
grand forks KKK garb.jpg
@ShaneSchuster on Twitter
Three KKK hood-donning students gave a new meaning to "whiteout" Friday night.
Students at Red River High School in Grand Forks, North Dakota, staged a "whiteout" during Friday night's state tournament hockey game against Fargo's Davies High School.

SEE ALSO: Angry hockey dad yells insult while holding infant, tells another parent he'll cave his face in [VIDEO]

But three freshman students ruined the fun by taking the let's-dress-in-all-white idea in a racist direction. They donned KKK-style hoods and wore them for about a minute, then quickly took them off when other students expressed outrage. But a minute was all it took for a student sitting across the arena to snap a photo and later upload it to Twitter.

In a statement released Saturday morning, Red River Principal Kristopher Arason wrote: "We, as a school, are extremely disappointed with the behavior of these three students. This behavior is not a representation of our school or student body."

The school is reportedly taking "appropriate action" against the students, though administrators won't disclose exactly what that entails.

More from a Forum Communications report:
Arason said the three students had not entered Ralph Engelstad Arena wearing the "inappropriate attire"... He said they wore the attire for 30 seconds to a minute.

"The students removed the attire after students around them told them how offensive their attire was," he said...

The three, who fellow students identified as freshmen, donned the apparel for less than a minute before other students in the section pressured them to take off the hoods, [students] said.

"They put them on for about 30 seconds," Red River senior Barret Eickhof said. "Nobody did anything at first, but then after everyone saw it, we all told them to take it off."

Alyssa Carlson, a junior, said she was "very ashamed" to be associated with the costumes. "Three guys ruined it for everybody," she said.

Many of the Roughrider faithful said they thought the costumes were jokes that went wrong.
The Grand Forks KKK-attire incident occurred almost exactly a year after University of Minnesota-Duluth students were warned by school administrators after a group chanted "smallpox blankets" and other racist phrases at the University of North Dakota's mascot during a hockey game. UND had readopted the "Fighting Sioux" nickname just days earlier.

My Voice Nation Help
18 comments
fatrush
fatrush

Racism, in the monument to "Adolf" Engelstadt?  I'm shocked!

hilliary
hilliary

Give me a break. Racism absolutely should not be tolerated. But to have a racist incident doesn't there need to be racist intent? Three 14 year olds cut holes in a pillow case for white out. As soon as the other students around them tell them what they are wearing is inappropriate they take the pillow cases off. That does not sound like 3 people trying to make a statement. I know my 13 year old doesn't know about KKK - he asked me why everyone was so angry about what the kids wore. (Believe me we had a looong talk.) So is it really impossible that these kids didn't know what they were doing? (Yes if they were 17, but 14 - I don't know.)

I think they have been taught a hard lesson, and I agree that they should have some consequenses - such as a few day suspension. But they should not be labeled as racist - or receive threats. And the students should be taught about appropriate attire and behavior. And we should not continue to this up in the media. 14 year olds are stupid and make stupid mistakes and should have consequences and learn from their mistakes, but then we need to forgive them.

Peedot1219
Peedot1219

I attended several of the playoff games this weekend in Grand Forks, and not only was the KKK incident unbelievable, but I also found the whole student fan base was acting inappropriately, chanting and yelling and holding signs that many of the other towns fans had confiscated from them at the gate. But RR made it through the doors with them. Oh yeah, and then there's the white hair, very unbecoming. Never attend another RR game EVER!

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

The fact that a few morons dressed up in KKK outfits really shouldn't surprise anyone.  Honestly, what can one expect from a high school where the majority of boys on its hockey team bleach their hair blonde? What can one expect from a high school where many of the male, hockey fans bleach their hair blonde?   Most who are associated with Red River High are complete idiots - admin, parents and students (past and present). 



Onan
Onan

*Grabs popcorn while waiting for the usual apologists*

Eric Vollen
Eric Vollen

That's quite an overgeneralization, Brian.

Brian Mazur
Brian Mazur

give em a break, hockey fans in North dakota don't even know people come in colors other than white

Wendy Swerdlow Pederson
Wendy Swerdlow Pederson

A "white out" is suppose to be a way to support your team by blanketing the area with fans dressed in white. We also see requests to wear all black on occasion. Please don't think we all are like these fools. Many of us in Grand Forks are outraged as well.

Damian Amberg
Damian Amberg

It's good to know that the surrounding kids took it upon themselves to let these morons know that it wasn't a very good idea or very funny. Kudos to THOSE kids.

Hannah Dee
Hannah Dee

Not that this is right.... but this makes me think. If this happened in a Southern state would there be a different reaction? I'm sure the kids knew they looked like the KKK but what was their intent? I think this would be a very interesting topic to discuss. I'm not a big sports fan so what is the purpose of a "white out?"

Betsy Blackhawk
Betsy Blackhawk

That's because no action is going to be taken. Racist pigs. Really?, in this day and age, they treat it like "oh those silly kids". Zero tolerance, I say.

Sebastian Galdames
Sebastian Galdames

Way to go kids! I'm so impressed with your STUPIDITY. How did they think that this was ok???

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

@hilliary It is a big deal Hillary.  Red River was playing Fargo Davies a new school that was named Judge Ronald Davies who in 1957 ordered the desegregation of Little Rock Central High, which at the time was an all white school.  Also, why has your 13 year old not learned about the KKK? 

Now Trending

Minnesota Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...