Photos of Baltimore students’ Halloween costumes fuel racial outrage

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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.

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