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Floyd County

March 14, 2013

Group protests handling of costume incident

Residents feel students’ actions inferred racism, call for change in leadership

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NEW ALBANY —

Wednesday’s protest was not sanctioned by the NAACP. 

Booker said the responses haven’t been adequate, as she called for a change in leadership, including the dismissal of Hibbard. 

“We feel that we do not matter” to the school system, she said. 

In a February interview with the News and Tribune, Hibbard said he believed the incident was misinterpreted. 

“We wouldn’t tolerate that as a school district. I honestly don’t believe there was any ill will by those students at the game,” he said. 

Highland Hills Principal Steve Griffin said students were encouraged to wear black during the game to coincide with a school spirit event. He said he called the families of the three students the day after the incident and explained to them why the costumes may have been viewed as inappropriate. 

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