Troy principal responds to white supremacy project posted to social media

Troy student's white supremacy project posted online

TROY — Troy High School released a statement after posts showing a student’s project on white supremacy were shared on social media.

“The material posted was a part of a project that the student was working on that was intended to show the student’s opposition to white supremacy,” Principal Dave Dilbone said. “The cover sheet and multiple other pieces of the project made it very clear that the student was opposed to white supremacy, but the items posted on social media did not.”

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The principal called the post “inappropriate” and that was made “very clear with the student who made the post.”

News Center 7 received screenshots of a drawing of a black silhouette of a woman hanging from a tree and figures wearing white hoods in the background.

Another screenshot showed a poem that used racial language.

“We will reiterate that the content posted was not appropriate and there were many other ways to complete the project,” Dilbone added.

The school was notified of the post Thursday and  “took immediate action, including disciplinary measures.”

It was not clear what those disciplinary measures were.

Dilbone also said that the project was not presented in class and that the teacher was not aware of it.

“Again, we take these matters very seriously and will not tolerate such material in our school,” he said. “One of our core beliefs is that diversity is a strength to be embraced and celebrated.”