High school students protest over racist carved pumpkins

COATESVILLE, PA (AP/WCMH) — Several hundred students at a Pennsylvania high school walked out to protest the second race-related incident at the school in just over a week: a Facebook photo showing current and former students posing with pumpkins carved with racist symbols.

The Coatesville Area High School students walked out around 7:30am Friday.

The Coatesville Area School District says it appears the photo was taken off school grounds and after school hours. Superintendent Cathy Taschner says the district will “exercise its full authority” to send a message that the carvings aren’t acceptable.

The pumpkins included one with a swastika, and another with the letters KKK. Four young people posed behind the pumpkins. Students told KYW that a dark-skinned female doll was found hanging from a noose in a locker room earlier in the week.

“It offended me because that doll looks like me,” said high school junior India Thomas. “That doll looks like a lot of my friends and they [the school administration] are not doing nothing about it.

Taschner called the doll incident a “foolish prank.”

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