A student at Westosha Central High School in Salem, Wisconsin, dressed up as a member of white power cult, Ku Klux Klan, for a classroom presentation.
The costume, complete with icon white face mask and cut out eye and mouth holes, elicited heated reactions from classmates, teachers, and parents of the school.
Photographs of the student in question, who presented a report called 'Crime in the 1920s', were shared throughout social media by other students in the classroom, on Monday (late Tuesday night, Australian EST).
The photographs also invoked outrage from the general public through social media.
Principal Lisa Albrecht responded to the incident with this official statement as reported by Kenosha News.
"As any of you would be, I was appalled by the photo," she says. “In my investigation, I found that students in this class were presenting background information about the 1920s in preparation of reading a novel written about this period of time."
“The student in the photo, not meaning any harm, wanted to convey the message of crime during this time and the uprising of the KKK and how hateful this group of people were,” she says.
The school also released an official Facebook response to the event; the link was also shared on Twitter. However the link now appears to no longer exist.