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High school students reenact George Floyd’s murder with blackface, principal resigns

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  • A picture of three students reenacting the killing of George Floyd, with one in blackface, was shared on social media last month.
  • The accompanying caption read, “Bye bye seniors.”
  • Rachael Ayers, the former principal of the Colorado high school, resigned Monday in a letter distributed to families by the superintendent.

A Colorado high school principal has resigned weeks after reports of a social media post featuring three students reenacting the killing of George Floyd. 

The picture, shared on Snapchat, shows two boys kneeling on a third boy who appears to have his face covered with black paint. The accompanying caption reads “Bye bye seniors.” 


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Rachael Ayers, the former principal of Mead High School in Longmont, resigned Monday in a letter distributed to families by superintendent Don Haddad, the Daily Camera reported. Haddad told the local news outlet he could not comment on the specifics of Ayers’s resignation.

The superintendent wrote in the letter, obtained by the Daily Camera, that Ayers will be replaced by Don Young who plans to “discuss advancing student success and achievement with a focus on a safe and inclusive school environment and culture for every student, teacher, staff, and community member.”


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Following the initial report in May, Haddad released a statement condemning the disturbing and disgusting social media post, adding that the district has no tolerance “for racism in any form and will be addressing this extremely serious matter immediately and accordingly.”

“There are many important issues facing our society today, however, our highest priority will always be the physical and emotional well-being, respect, and safety of every student, teacher, staff member, and community member in St. Vrain,” Haddad wrote, according to the Daily Camera. 


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