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Father disagrees with Canisius HS handling of camper yelling 'KKK'

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Posted at 11:32 PM, Jul 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-25 08:23:22-04

Anthony Taylor wants action. His 12-year-old son, Anthony Jr., attends the Canisius High School’s Higher Achievement Program summer camp. It's a 5 week program for soon-to-be-8th graders. On a field trip last Friday, some campers placed bags over their heads.

“It was kids with white bags over their heads, resembling KKK hoods and they were screaming and chanting ‘KKK,’” said Anthony Jr.

Anthony Jr. snapped pictures.

“What was going through my mind was why are they doing this? I mean, it's not even funny,” added Anthony Jr.

The Taylor’s say some of these children have apologized, but when the family went to talk to Canisius about what happened.

“He told me today, that Canisius has nothing set in place where they could discipline them,” said Taylor.

In the camp's contract it says: 

“Bullying, harassing, and/or prejudicial statements or actions, and any other improper behavior will not be tolerated and may lead to dismissal from HAP.”

The camp ends Thursday and according to the school no campers have been dismissed early.

“It's unacceptable to put on hoodies and yell ‘KKK.’ I don't care if there was a black kid on the bus or any kid was black on the bus,” said Taylor.

According to a spokesperson from the school:
While 5 boys had bags on their head, only one said "KKK." The school says the boy doesn't know why he said it, but says he now understands why it is offensive.

"What action are they going to put in place so it doesn't happen again?” asked Taylor.

School officials say: "The actions of the boys were inappropriate and offensive and we take this matter seriously.” "We are investigating the matter and deciding what our next steps will be." 

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