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High School Principal Resigns After Students Reenact George Floyd’s Death

Mead, CO – The principal of the Colorado high school where three students posted pictures of a reenactment of George Floyd’s death in May has submitted her resignation.

The offensive photo posted to Snapchat featured one Mead High School student in blackface lying face down on the pavement.

Another student has a knee on that student’s neck, and a third student knelt on the downed man’s back in a perfect reenactment of Floyd’s death as he was being arrested by the Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020.

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on April 20 of murder for his role in Floyd’s death.

The picture was posted to social media a few days before the one year anniversary of Floyd’s death, KUSA reported.

The St. Vrain Valley School District was quick to denounce the picture after it was sent to school administrators.

“It was brought to my attention that a disturbing and disgusting social media post depicting the re-enactment of the murder of George Floyd was made by a group of students from Mead High School,” St. Vrain Valley Schools Superintendent Don Haddad said in a statement. “We in the St. Vrain Valley Schools strongly condemn, and have no tolerance for, racism in any form and will be addressing this extremely serious matter immediately and accordingly.”

The students in the picture were all suspended for five days, the New York Post reported.

But that wasn’t enough to satisfy angry students and alumni.

A petition that called for Mead High School Principal Rachael Ayers to hold the students accountable was circulated and garnered more than 9,000 signatures.

“This petition is mostly so the principal does something instead of ignoring the situation,” the Mead High School alumnus who launched the petition tweeted. “I’m truly embarrassed to have graduated from here and these students don’t represent what Mead stands for.”

And dozens of current students staged a walkout, the New York Post reported.

Haddad announced Ayers’ resignation on Monday in a letter to the school community, the Daily Camera reported.

He said he couldn’t comment on why exactly she had resigned because it was a personnel matter, but referred to the school having encountered “significant challenges” over the past year.

Ayers had been at Mead High School for 12 years, first as a teacher, and then as an assistant principal before she took over the top job, the Daily Camera reported.

The Boulder County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has called for the St. Vrain Valley School District to take immediate steps to discuss the incident at Mead High School and address systemic racism in its school system.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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