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Some are calling this photo prank by high school students a hate crime

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An edited photo has two high school students suspended and potentially facing hate crime charges in New Mexico. (Screenshot from KOCO-5 Oklahoma City)

Two high school students have been suspended and could face hate crime charges for photoshopping Ku Klux Klan hoods onto a picture of classmates. A student at Volcano Vista High School in Albequerque, New Mexico took a photo of students in a math class. The KKK hoods were superimposed on all students in the picture except the black ones.

The photo was discovered by school officials after it was shared on Snapchat. Both students allegedly responsible have been suspended for 10 days, and one of them was kicked off the school football team.

The black parents of three Volcano Vista students said they don't feel their children are safe at the school with the students responsible for the photo.

“It was appalling, disgusting," she said. "We felt like this was just a serious display of hate.

"I was shocked, angry, afraid for my daughters," the girl's father, Lamont Webb, said. "I just can't imagine what they feel like walking through the halls, having to deal with this.”

The school's principal doesn't believe the students created the photo maliciously. But the district superintendent is considering hate crime charges. The principal, Vicki Bannerman, sent a letter to parents denouncing and apologizing for the incident.

(H/T Fox News)

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