A Virginia school system is investigating a social media post in which supporters of a high school football team used a photo of Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck to celebrate a victory.
Schools in Roanoke County said in a statement Monday that they were looking at the photo, which shows Chauvin’s face covered by the Cave Spring High School football team logo, while the team logo Hidden Valley High School covers Floyd’s face. Cave Spring defeated Hidden Valley on Friday.
The Roanoke Times reports that the investigation began after members of the community reported the post.
Spokesman Chuck Lionberger told the newspaper that the school system then became aware of several offensive images. He did not want to describe them, but said they were “just as deplorable”.
“The obnoxious and disturbing images posted by individuals do not reflect the values of Cave Spring High School or Roanoke County Public Schools,” Roanoke County Public Schools Principal Ken Nicely said in a statement.
Lionberger said appropriate action will be taken once the investigation is completed. He added that privacy laws prevent a discussion of student disciplinary matters.
But the Times quotes him as saying on Saturday that “public schools in Roanoke County do not tolerate any behavior that could be considered racist.”
The Times points out that Roanoke County Public Schools is a predominantly white school division. About 80% of students at Cave Spring and 76% of Hidden Valley are white, the newspaper said, citing data from the Virginia Department of Education. Both schools have student bodies that are almost 6% black, the Times says.
Cave Spring’s 17-14 victory over their neighbor was the first against them in a decade, the Times notes.
Chauvin, 45, is charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death on May 25. The white officer is accused of ramming his knee into the 46-year-old’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, outside a local market where Floyd was arrested. suspected of attempting to pass off a fake $ 20 bill for a packet of cigarettes.