Coweta County school officials have identified the students involved in a photograph that appears to show a student wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood while holding a Confederate flag, a district spokesman said Thursday.
There were two East Coweta High School students involved in the photo, which was taken Tuesday morning in the school parking lot, said spokesman Dean Jackson.
Jackson declined to identify the students or describe the circumstances of the photograph, citing student privacy laws. He said that the incident was not related to a specific threat or to a school activity.
“Students are focused and going through a normal school day,” Jackson said in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday afternoon. “The administrators and the teachers have not given any indication that it's disrupted the school.”
In a letter to parents, school principal Steve Allen said the incident is being investigated, but “no specific threat was made in the incident.”
The photo of the incident has gotten hundreds of retweets and likes on Twitter.
The person who initially posted the image, Lorenzo Lewis, tweeted: “East Coweta has officially fallen to [expletive].
“It left me speechless that a person could be so ignorant as to not only dress like that at school but pose for a picture as well,” said Lewis, who tweets as @SpacemanLozo and graduated from East Coweta last spring. “Someone sent me the picture and I decided to post it.”
Lewis told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday night that he did not know the students involved.
Another wrote: “I imagined East Coweta was probably like this normally.”
On Wednesday, officials at East Coweta High School sent a robocall to parents, followed by Allen’s letter, which was posted on the school’s official webpage.
“The photo came to the high school administration’s attention during the school day,” Allen wrote. “The two students who were involved were identified and an immediate investigation was conducted.”
Allen continued that the school is continuing “to investigate the matter, and is implementing disciplinary consequences.”
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.