Omaha students are disciplined for reenacting the Floyd death

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Some Omaha High School students may be disciplined by recreating the arrest and killing of George Floyd inside the school and then posting a photo of it on social media.

Westside Communities School District spokeswoman Brandi Paul called the picture “incredibly hurtful.” She told the Omaha World-Herald she couldn’t speak about certain cases of student discipline, but said the district has guidelines to deal with disruptive behavior.

“The bottom line is that this action has consequences if it disrupts this learning environment,” said Paul.

The reenactment picture shows a Westside High School student kneeling on another student’s neck mimicking the May 25 murder of Floyd. Floyd, who was black, died after white Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for almost 10 minutes. Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death earlier this month.

The students shared the photo in a group using Snapchat, and it was then shared beyond that private group, officials said. Administrators who arrived at the school on Wednesday were notified of the posting by the students, and the district also received emails about it, Paul said. This prompted the district officials to email the parents informing them of the matter and calling the students’ actions unacceptable.

School officials questioned the students involved, who said they were willing to take the photo and that no one was injured. The students told officers they were going to reenact Floyd’s murder based on something they saw online, but that they had no bad intentions.

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