Disturbing image surfaces of students reenacting illegal confederate statue toppling

Disturbing image surfaces of students reenacting illegal confederate statue toppling
A newly-surfaced image on social media shows students in Durham, North Carolina, re-enacting the toppling of a confederate statue. (Image source: CBS News)

Earlier this month, Antifa protesters in North Carolina, toppled a confederate statue. Now, students at one school are reenacting the move.

A newly-surfaced image on social media suggests that teachers at one Durham school may actually be encouraging such illegal behavior. A.P. Dillon, co-founder and managing editor of the website American Lens, posted the photo to Twitter on Tuesday.

The Durham Herald Sun reported that the photo was taken at the School for Creative Studies, a public school for students in grades 6-12.

The photo shows several students dressed in red and black, the same colors often sported by Antifa protesters. The students appear behind a skeleton lying on the floor as one student appears to kick the skeleton. Another student has his face covered, like many Antifa protesters, and appears to be pulling the skeleton with the yellow police crime scene tape.

Durham Public Schools spokesman William Sudderth confirmed the authenticity of the photo in a statement to the Durham Herald Sun, but noted that the picture was taken after school hours and “was not part of a class.”

The photo seems to mimic protesters in Durham, North Carolina, who were photographed August 14 kicking a toppled statue of a confederate soldier that was brought down with a yellow rope. The statue stood on a base outside a courthouse. The words “The Confederate States of America” were engraved on the statue’s base, CBS News reported.

The protests came just days after white supremacist protesters and Antifa counter-protester clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

Two Virginia State Police offers also died while responding to the violence.

The white supremacists were protesting the city’s plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which has since been covered up, along with a second statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson.

At least 11 people have been arrested in Durham in alleged connection with the toppling of the confederate statue.