Parents' outrage over photo of teachers posing with noose

Four Summerwind Elementary School teachers are seen holding a noose in

Summerwind Elementary School Principal Linda Brandts and four teachers have been placed on administrative leave over a photo taken at the school that shows four women smiling and pointing at what appears to be a noose.

Maldonado said he was 'appalled by this incident' in a post to Facebook. He continued, "We will not stop until we find out exactly what did occur". "We don't tolerate this type of behavior, but at this point we don't know what really happened. We hold our employees to the highest standards with high expectations". "We will follow process and procedures to conduct the investigation". "Taking pictures and smiling, where's the humor?"

The picture in question was of four Summerwind Elementary School educators from Palmdale, California, smiling together as they posed with one of them holding a noose. Royal said she called the school immediately after seeing the photo. "They had the audacity to show up today", she says.

Tierra Harris emotionally explained to her daughter why she was being removed from the school.

"You know the meaning behind it", says parent James Florence, "behind our history, and you know you're going to get backlash for it if it gets out".

Activists and parents gathered outside the school on Thursday.

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Four teachers and the principal at Summerwind Elementary School in Palmdale, California, have been placed on leave following a photo with a noose circulating on social media, according to ABC News.

The newspaper said it could not reach Brandts for comment. "It's infuriating, upsetting and disturbing, especially coming from teachers who educate black and brown kids", Coronado said.

"As an American Federation of Teachers member, this is not a reflection of teachers in the Antelope Valley". According to the 74Million.org, during the 2014-2015 school year, 80 percent of the teachers in the US public school system were white while just 6.7 percent were Black.

"State Assemblyman Tom Lackey, a Republican who used to sit on the Palmdale school board, said the noose pictures are 'inconsistent with the culture encouraged" by the school district'. There also will be a community townhall meeting at 6 p.m. that day at the Living Praise Christian Church, located at 2320 East Avenue R in Palmdale. Prior to this incident, one teacher at the school said that the predominately white faculty has been a problem.

For more information on the townhall, contact Dr. Miguel Coronado at 661-466-6810.

A parent of a student at the school told KABC that the noose was initially found hanging on a wall in the school earlier this month and that there was also a video showing the teachers making jokes about the noose.

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