KKK photo posted by Creston high school students

CRESTON - A group of high school students have been disciplined after they were in a photo wearing KKK clothing, burning a cross, and waving a Confederate flag.

According to Creston High School principal Dr. Bill Messerole, the picture circulated around the school Wednesday morning, and he saw it immediately. He told Local 5 that the students involved have been disciplined, though he wouldn't say what type of punishment. Social media posts from Creston community members and students have pointed to suspension.

"If you look at that picture, you'll see that it doesn't represent our high school, our community, or our values," said Messerole. "We've started an investigation, it's ongoing, and the students have been disciplined."

It is not clear if charges will be filed against these students. Local 5 has reached out to the Creston Police Chief, Paul Ver Meer, about the case. He said that the police department is aware of the incident, and is allowing the high school to handle its investigation internally. 

"We've talked to the county too," said Chief Ver Meer. "It might be a county issue...depending on where that photo was taken."

Local 5 will have more updates on this story as we know more.



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