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Big Sandy students punished after bringing KKK material to school

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BIG SANDY (KYTX) - Two Big Sandy ISD students are being punished for bringing cards to school promoting the Ku Klux Klan.

CBS 19's Anthony Austin spent the day in the small east Texas town, and says the community is shocked by the incident. Big Sandy residents of all races say their town is united - and not divided - by race. That's why some people are wondering why students would bring this little card to school.

The card reads "KKK" in large, black letters and underneath reads, "America first, for Americans first."

"I really just think it's terrible," said Big Sandy resident Sharon Hill.

Two students brought the card to Big Sandy High School on Monday.

"I couldn't believe someone would have the audacity to bring this to a small school like this," said student Caleb Snow.

Some Big Sandy students say they were shown the cards against their will. "He was talking about the kids putting that into his face," said Brandon McCleveland.

Big Sandy ISD Superintendent Scott Beene says the two students never passed the cards out. "They did show some cards to some African-American students on campus." However, we were given a card by a student after Monday's incident. "I know some were dropped on the ground, and might have been picked up that way," said Beene.

We visited the Ku Klux Klan website listed on the card, and called an Arkansas number for KKK headquarters listed there. We asked their representative why high schoolers might be passing out information on the organization. The representative responded, "Anyone who writes in and ask for some will get a handful."

But, he then added that it would be pointless for minors to have the information cards. "We're not targeting minors. It says that on our website. You must be 18 to be a member."

Some believe the two students who brought the cards were looking for attention. "I think they were just joking around, trying to mess with somebody or something," said Snow.

But for many in this small of 2,000, it was a joke that went too far. "It seems like we would be past this, but I guess we're not, huh?" said Hill.

The school district tells us they conducted a two day investigation. The two students have been punished, and are currently being disciplined on campus.

The superintendent says there is no racial tension at the school. However, an African-American parents tell us his daughter has complained of racial remarks being made by other students.


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