Images of several students at a prep school in Baltimore who dressed as Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man shot and killed by police in Baltimore in 2015, are creating a racial stir online.
The national media attention given to the Gray killing provided much of the impetus for the Black Lives Matter movement to grow to what it is today; thus, the images circulating this week haven’t gone unnoticed by racial activists online.
One photo showed a graduate of Boys’ Latin School of Maryland dressed in an orange jumpsuit with the name “Freddie Gray” on the back. Gray died from injuries sustained in police custody in 2015, a case that has drawn national attention after rioting broke out in the city following his death.
Another photo, from a different party, depicts two teens dressed in orange jumpsuits with a racial slur in the caption. They were identified as students of the Gilman School and Roland Park Country School, in a joint statement from the schools.
That photo was taken and captioned by a student of Mount Saint Joseph High School, the Baltimore Catholic school said in a statement late Monday.
“Obviously, this sort of behavior cannot be tolerated, and we share in the hurt and dismay this action may have caused. We take all matters involving students seriously, and will determine how best to address the matter internally after further investigation,” said George E. Andrews Jr., the school’s president, in the statement.
— Kwame Rose (@kwamerose) October 29, 2017
A prison jumpsuit that reads “Freddie Gray” as Halloween costume.
Casual fact check: Gray’s supposed crime was carrying a folding knife clipped to his belt, and he didnt make it to the jail because his neck was snapped while he was defenseless https://t.co/ZLS3fF7J05
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) October 30, 2017
— Alt HoCo Schools (@Alt_HoCoSchools) October 30, 2017
Good question to ask the families of Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner. https://t.co/ywkgDezKY5
— Pamela Colloff (@pamelacolloff) October 31, 2017
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