A University of Kansas cheerleader along with three members of the spirit squad have been suspended for a photo from Snapchat linking President-elect Donald Trump to the Ku Klux Klan, CBS News reported.
The image depicts three male members of the KU spirit squad posing together wearing sweaters adorned with the letter “K” for University of Kansas. They also appear to be making “K” symbols with their fingers. But, since they were posing as a trio, the obvious message that came across was “KKK,” as in the Ku Klux Klan. A caption reading, “Kkk go trump [sic],” was written across the snap.
Sophomore cheerleader Lili Gagin was reportedly the person who sent the Snapchat, but she later disavowed ownership of the image.
The university’s athletics department found out about the disgusting Snapchat from a Twitter user. They responded to it by stating that the incident was “unacceptable.”
In a tweet that was later deleted, KU Athletics, said, “Unacceptable. She is suspended from cheering pending formal investigation. This behavior won’t be tolerated. Will be dealt w/appropriately.”
According to local CBS affiliate WIBW, Gagin denied that she posted the Snapchat to her account. “I’m appalled that a snapchat was put out on my snapchat and posted on my account,” she said. “I would never of [sic] done that & I apologize that it happened.”
KU also stated in a tweet that the four people involved in the antagonistic Snapchat have been suspended while further inquiry into the case takes place.
The KKK is no laughing matter. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the KKK as one of the “oldest of American hate groups” which targets and attacks blacks, Jews, and the LGBT community. Although the hate group has been supportive of Trump and is planning a celebratory victory march in Trump’s honor, it is certainly not in good humor to joke about the relationship between the president-elect and the notorious white supremacist group.
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