Principal resigns after students reenact George Floyd’s murder in racist Snapchat sendoff for graduates

Principal resigns after students reenact George Floyd’s murder in racist Snapchat sendoff for graduates

By Timothy Bella

Nearly a year after George Floyd’s killing set off a racial reckoning in the United States, a group of high school students outside Denver apparently thought the Black man’s murder was a joke. They thought it was so amusing that they took to Snapchat.

As classes at Mead High School in Longmont, Colo., were about to conclude for the summer, a trio of male students there published an image of them reenacting Floyd’s murder in the school’s parking lot last month. Two of them had their knees on their classmate’s neck and back. The teen who was supposed to be Floyd, 46, was in blackface and lying motionless on the ground.

“Bye bye senoirs [sic],” the caption read, with a hand-waving emoji to the class of 2021.

Infuriated classmates took and shared screenshots of the post, which set off weeks of protests and calls for action against what some students claimed is a culture of racism at the school, which is 35 miles north of Denver.

Don Haddad, superintendent of St. Vrain Valley Schools, said Monday in a letter to families that Mead High Principal Rachael Ayers had resigned, less than a month after the Snapchat image was made public. In the letter, which was obtained by The Washington Post, the superintendent did not mention last month’s incident in announcing her departure.

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