- The Washington Times - Friday, February 23, 2018

An English project on Harper Lee’s 1960 novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” prompted racial conspiracy theories in Virginia this week.

Western Albemarle High School launched an investigation on Tuesday after a visiting basketball team stumbled upon a poster with racial imagery the night before. Players who used an English classroom as a makeshift locker room were upset by a poster with Ku Klux Klan imagery.

Members of the Fluvanna County High School women’s basketball team told a local NBC affiliate that the project’s placement may not have been happenstance.

“Whomever did this doesn’t understand how they upset my girls. […] This just shows you the way the world is going, but we have to take a stand against this. I am soooooo [sic] upset right now. I can’t even think straight,” a Fluvanna County High School teacher wrote on Facebook after the game, the station reported in its televised broadcast.

WAHS Principal Darah Bonham told the station that while the incident was unfortunate, there was no malice involved.

“The student had brought a poster in yesterday afternoon and it had not been turned in or evaluated by the teacher,” Mr. Bonham said. “[It] happened to be in the classroom laid on the desk at the time upon which the Fluvanna team came in and was then obviously noticed. It was noticed a little later at the time they were in there, and obviously raised concerns.”

The school also released a statement reiterating its support for the “values of respect, community and excellence. Any actions, at any time that are contrary to these values will not be tolerated.”

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