Illinois High School Students Walk Out Over Blackface Photos, Videos

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Students on the University of Chicago Campus, April 20, 2018. (Kevin Kipper, 

One thousand students at an Illinois high school participated in a walkout following a social media post of white students wearing blackface.

Four students at Homewood-Flossmoor High School (HFHS) in Flossmoor, Illinois posted photos of themselves in blackface on social media. They also recorded a video where they went through a fast food drive-thru while wearing dark makeup and making derogatory remarks about Black girls, ABC-7 reported.

The student population at HFHS is nearly 69 percent Black, according to The Chicago Tribune.

In a letter to parents released on April 29, school Superintendent Dr. Von Mansfield and Principal Dr. Jerry Lee Anderson said the posts were “highly offensive and culturally insensitive.” The administration said they were meeting with the students and the families involved in the incident.

“This type of behavior is contrary to our expectations, is…

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