Students plan walkout after photo of classmates in blackface surfaces

Students at Homewood-Flossmoor High School have planned to walkout of their classes Tuesday in response to their classmates taking photos and driving around in blackface. There is also a video of the H-F students at a drive-thru making negative remarks about African-American females.

After the photos and video surfaced, parents and students responded with outrage. Reports say that Homewood-Flossmoor administers have met with the students involved and their parents. The school has also put out a statement saying in part, "Though this behavior occurred outside the school setting, this kind of behavior is contrary to our expectations, is being addressed quickly and appropriately and will not be tolerated."

The high school, however, has not said how or if the students were or will be punished. While they say they are addressing the issue, many parents and students don't believe that is enough; which is the reason why many students are planning to walkout of their classes in protest.

The mayors of Homewood and Flossmoor, Mayor Rich Hofeld and Mayor Paul Braun, have also commented on the situation, releasing a joint statement saying in part, "Together, and along with other community partners, Homewood and Flossmoor will continue to reflect the true spirit and heart of our communities. We will be working collaboratively with our community partners to address this repugnant behavior, together."

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