Three private schools in Baltimore have issued statements in light of racially-insensitive pictures of Halloween costumes worn by students that circulated through social media over the weekend.
One of the photos shows two white students dressed as inmates, with the caption containing the word “ni**er” and that they “broke out.” In another, a white person is also dressed as an inmate but has the name Freddie Gray on the back of their jumpsuit, with the caption reading “ur going to jail tonight.”
In the last picture, a white man without a shirt is also has the word “ni**er” written on his back along with the drawing of a swastika.
In a report from WJZ, current and former students from as many as five private schools in the Baltimore area could be involved in the incident. The photo on the left is of juniors from Roland Park Country School and Gilman School; the person in the Freddie Gray jumpsuit is a former student from Boys’ Latin School (who now reportedly attends College of Charleston); and the person without a shirt is a student from St. Paul’s School.
“Know that we take any situation involving our students seriously, and this is no exception,” representatives from Gilman School and Roland Park Country School wrote in a joint statement Monday. “Please understand that many involved in this situation are minors and we respectfully remind you of this as we work through the details.”
The statement also clarifies that the photographs were taken at different parties and the people who wrote the captions seen in the pictures are not students at either Gilman School or Roland Park Country School.
St. Paul’s School has also released a statement:
“St. Paul’s School does not tolerate any form of hate or discrimination. The School is investigating an incident that occurred off campus and outside of school hours, and will take the necessary and appropriate steps. Privacy policies do not permit us to provide any further information. We remain committed to fostering an inclusive community whose members respect themselves and one another.”