People are speaking out after a racially insensitive photo from a Westmont Hilltop High School student was posted to social media.
Dozens of people gathered outside Westmont Hilltop High School Monday to protest racial injustice. The protest comes after photo of a student surfaced on social media which is considered racially insensitive.
People from Westmont and surrounding areas started gathering in the area around 10 a.m. Upper Yoder Township police had the school’s property blocked off per request of school officials.
The blocking led to people gathering on the outskirts of the school parking lot marked with cones and rope.
People took turns chanting and using a megaphone to call on school officials to punish the student who posted the photo.
Some Westmont students were shocked to see the photo posted to social media.
School officials released the following statement:
“We are disheartened by the image posted on social media attributed to the Westmont Hilltop School District. Unfortunately, the actions of a few can tarnish the good works of our students and our school district. We are all upset and disappointed by the social media post and will address the situation in accordance with the school district’s policies. We applaud our students and community for peacefully exercising their right to assemble and speak out against hate. As a school district, we remain committed to a school environment that is welcoming and safe for all students by working with community partners to build tolerance and understanding within and beyond our school community. We will grow from this situation and continue a dialogue focused on the appreciation of diversity.”
Protestors say they plan on being at the school for the remainder of the day.