A high school play has sparked outrage among parents and the local community after it was revealed that the students would be wearing KKK costumes.
Three students at the ASU Preparatory Academy Phoenix campus dressed in Ku Klux Klan costumes for the play titled 'The Foreigner' and parents are claiming that they were not notified by the school about the racist attire.
"Three students dressed as the KKK walked down the middle of the assembly as part of a play," one parent told ABC15. "They were in hooded robes."
"We can talk about racial prejudice, we can talk about the insensitivity, but to have our children put on the robes and assume the characters, it's wrong...There is no justification for it."
A spokesperson for ASU Preparatory Academy said in a statement:
“Last Friday, high school students in a drama class at ASU Preparatory Academy in downtown Phoenix staged a production of noted American playwright Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner.” The presentation of the play was done during the capstone period of the school day. Students in the class read several plays early in the fall and chose to perform ‘The Foreigner.’ The play portrays an image of members of Klansmen in a brief scene toward the end in which they are made fun of and driven away.
"We apologize if anyone was caught by surprise with the appearance of these characters. We are confident that a fair reading of the text of the play, and a fair interpretation of the intentions of students who performed it, reveals no endorsement of bigotry.”
"At least inform the parents, give us the ability to make that decision," the parent said. "The KKK walked into my kid's school Friday and I didn't get to stop it."