Parents of students at a Southern California school are offended by the racist symbol it carries across.
A picture of four elementary school educators in Palmdale, California, smiling as they pose with a rope fashioned into a noose, has sparked outrage among the parents.
According to CBS Los Angeles, The image of the educators at Summerwind Elementary School was originally emailed by the school's principal, Linda Brandts, and was shared hundreds of times on email and social media.
Four Palmdale, California, elementary school teachers suspended after photo emerges of them holding a noose and smiling - CBS News https://t.co/eSbhIbmbg3— Frederick - The Future Is In Jeopardy (@FrederickCo2018) May 11, 2019
The four teachers are smiling in the photo, which was allegedly taken by Linda Brandts, parents told CBS Los Angeles.
"If you look at the picture, you can see that they're smiling. And even if it's a joke, you just don't play like this," one parent said. "It's appalling, it's frustrating, it's beyond words."
Teachers and the principal were suspended, but not fired for happily posing with a noose in a classroom at Summerwind Elementary School in Palmdale, California.https://t.co/xFsrnXKJXJ— NewsOne (@newsone) May 12, 2019
The photo of the four teachers was meant to be seen by a small group but made its way onto the internet, sparking a 48-hour firestorm in the community. A second photo showed the noose hanging on what looks like a pillar inside a school office., CBS Los Angeles reports.
Photos of four teachers at an elementary school in Palmdale, CA posing with a noose on school property. These photos were then emailed to staff. All have been placed on administrative leave. pic.twitter.com/vAX9d2Qu0D— John Sandy Campbell (@807NorthPark) May 11, 2019
"You know the meaning behind it, behind our history. And you know you're going to get backlash for it if it gets out. And obviously, it did," parent James Florence said. He identified one of the teachers in the photo – the one holding the noose – as Miss Jones.
PALMDALE (CBS) — Four teachers at an elementary school in Palmdale have reportedly been suspended after a photo of the quartet surfaced showing them holding a noose and laughing. #GriffsUpdate #PalmdaleSchoolDistrict pic.twitter.com/D0XTgyYfIO— Griffin Weaver (@GLWeaver) May 10, 2019
Palmdale schools superintendent Raul Maldonado said all five educators have been put on administrative leave, pending an investigation by the district.
"The Palmdale School District holds all employees to the highest standards and expectations," Maldonado said in a statement to NBC News on Friday. "We will not stop until we find out exactly what did occur. We will not tolerate this type of behavior in our schools."
This is my town. There has been reports of racism within this school from the beginning. Hispanic and black children being treated differently. Parents have complained and nothing was done. This picture is how they feel and they're proud of it.— I See Thread People (@ScaryJBlige_) May 9, 2019
Parents of some African American children at the school told the NBC station they were troubled by the educators' apparent insensitivity about the association of nooses with Jim Crow-era lynchings.