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Fans wear KKK hoods to high school hockey game

Fans wore KKK hoods for a "white-out" staged by students at a Grand Forks' Red River High School hockey game.
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A member of the Ku Klux Klan salutes during an American Nazi Party rally. The KKK in South Carolina recently lost a lawsuit to New Beginnings Baptist Church; the congregation and its reverend have been ruled to be the rightful owners of the Redneck Shop, which sells KKK robes and t-shirts. ( William Thomas Cain/AFP/Getty Images)

An NHL team popularized the idea of a "white-out," where fans get dressed in white on game day. So at a hockey game at a North Dakota high school, the students did the same. Students at Grand Forks Red River High School covered themselves in white clothing or paint for a big hockey game. But a few ill-advised students took the idea a little too far--and showed up to the game dressed as Ku Klux Klan members, the Grand Forks Herald reported.

The offensive fashion made news after a student took a picture of the of the students in their KKK hoodies and uploaded it to Twitter. Grand Forks Red River High School administrators now say that three students have been disciplined. “We, as a school, are extremely disappointed with the behavior of these three students,” Principal Kris Arason told reporters in a mass email statement."This behavior is not a representation of our school or student body.”

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The photo was posted by 19-year-old Shane Schuster. "I thought, 'Are those KKK hoods?' I couldn't believe it," Schuster told the Associated Press. "I was shocked."

Others at the game say that the students were quickly ordered to take their KKK hoods off. “They put them on for about 30 seconds. Nobody did anything at first, but then after everyone saw it, we all told them to take it off," Red River senior Barret Eichof told Digital Journal.

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