The principal and four teachers at a California elementary school have been placed on administrative leave after a photo of the teachers posing and smiling with what appears to be a noose went viral.
The racist photo was reportedly taken in a Summerwind Elementary School classroom in Palmdale, California and was shared on social media without a caption, according to the Los Angeles Times. The photo was reportedly taken and distributed by the elementary school’s principal, Linda Brandts.
A May 8 statement on the district’s Facebook page confirmed that the educators were placed on administrative leave and that an investigation was underway.
“I am appalled that this incident occurred. I am committed to the Palmdale Promise’s values of equity, integrity, and multiculturalism, and I know that most of the district believe in the same values the Promise upholds,” Palmdale School District Superintendent Raul Maldonado wrote. “We will not…
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