December 15, 2014
Contact: Rev. Andre’ D. Knight, President, (252) 544-2949
NAACP Speaks Out Against Klan-Like Portrayals on Social Media
Rocky Mount, NC – Last week, CNN published pictures and an article about a group of high school girls from the Twin Counties who released a picture of themselves with cone-shaped hats and making signs of guns with their fingers. These teenagers are allegedly students at Nash Central High School in the Nash/Rocky Mount School System. According to local reports, the pictures released were done so by the girls on their Instagram page on the same day that the Ferguson Grand Jury refused to indict former law enforcement officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown. Copies of the page have gone viral throughout Rocky Mount and the nation and there are rumors of these young ladies being provided with police escorts during school hours because of the turmoil that their actions have provoked at school.
Rocky Mount Branch President, Andre’ Knight, stated “we are in the midst of a nation reeling from unjust verdicts given in the slaying of black men in Missouri and New York and literally tens of thousands of people across the nation taking to the streets to peacefully protest the tolerance of racism in America. The young ladies’ actions on their social media page have incited a storm of controversy here in the Rocky Mount area. They should be held accountable for their actions and the Nash/Rocky Mount School System should speak to our region about their intolerance for the support of hatred in school or out of school by any group, student, employee or elected official affiliated with the public school system.”
To date, there has been no public apology released from the students, their parents nor a statement from the Nash/Rocky Mount School Board or its Superintendent, Dr. Anthony Jackson. Knight further added, “it is a sad commentary that our elected officials and School Superintendent do not hesitate to make public statements and take action very quickly about gang-related incidents, conversation, clothing or messaging but will not even speak publicly about a very clear affiliation that these young ladies have made with the most violent and hate mongering organization in America, the Ku Klux Klan. White hats and hand signs indicating guns and shooting is not funny and should not be dismissed as a light matter. Even if the students were spoken to in private, some statement of remorse should be made to the public and some distancing between their actions and our public school leadership should occur.”