- The Washington Times - Monday, November 2, 2015

The mayor of Lahoma, Oklahoma, has apologized after a photo surfaced on social media showing her husband participating in a fake KKK rally.

Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles said it was part of a “Halloween prank” at a house party in the town of Lahoma, a local CBS News affiliate reported.

“I just don’t condone it regardless of who it is whether it’s my husband or Joe Smith around the corner. It’s not anything that I think needs to be represented for our community at all,” said Mayor Theresa Sharp.

Her husband, Cary Sharp, said he and his friends thought it would be funny to dress in white robes and hoods and hold a bonfire. The photo shows torches and a cross, but Mr. Sharp insisted no crosses were burned.

“Sit around the bonfire and drink a couple of beers and thought well my buddy his last name is White and the subject got brung [sic] up. We just thought it’d be something to do and it’s not something to do,” he said. “I am embarrassed. I’ve shamed my family and friends and I apologize for that.”

The mayor was adamant she was out trick-or-treating with family members and was nowhere near the party, CBS reported.

Sheriff Niles said no laws were broken and that the men were compliant when the deputies asked them to take off their costumes and put out the bonfire.

“It was done in very, very poor taste,” the sheriff said, The Enid News & Eagle reported. “It brings up bad images of things that 99.9 percent of Americans, especially Oklahomans, are adamantly against. We’re all Americans, born and raised here, and we have a responsibility to honor the Constitution and the rights of others and feelings of others.”

Mr. Sharp said no harm was meant.

“This is ridiculous, really,” he said. “It was a Halloween night.”

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