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The principal of a Colorado high school where three students reenacted the killing of George Floyd has resigned, officials said.
Rachael Ayers stepped down Monday from Mead High School in Longmont, where three students, including one in blackface, acted out the police-custody murder of Floyd – with one student kneeling on another’s neck, the Daily Camera reported.
St. Vrain Valley School District Superintendent Don Haddad announced Ayers’ resignation after 12 years at the school in a letter to families, writing that the school had experienced “significant challenges” in recent months.
Haddad denounced the reenactment as “disturbing and disgusting” in a statement last month, saying racism can have a “deep and lasting impact” on students. He declined to indicate Monday whether Ayers resigned due to the sick stunt, citing personnel matters.
The image first surfaced on Snapchat before appearing on a Change.org petition, where nearly 9,000 people called for the students who performed the reenactment to be held accountable for their actions.
“Having such students recreate a humiliating death is disgusting,” the petition reads. “They have dishonored themselves and the name [of] our school.”
The students, who were not publicly identified, were reportedly suspended from school for five days.
Dozens of other students staged a walkout at Mead High School following the posting of the images to social media. Sarah Steere, a 16-year-old sophomore, reportedly sent the photo to Ayers, saying she was “disgusted” and embarrassed by her peers but unsurprised.
An alumnus of the school, meanwhile, shared the Change.org petition on social media, calling on Ayers to do “something instead of ignoring” the incident.
“I’m truly embarrassed to have graduated from here and these students don’t represent what Mead stands for,” the former student tweeted last month.
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