Colorado school principal resigns after students post video reenacting George Floyd murder

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A high school principal in Colorado resigned this week after an image was posted to social media in May showing three students doing a reenactment of George Floyd's murder.

St. Vrain Valley Schools Superintendent Don Haddad sent a letter to parents of students in the district on Monday notifying them that Mead High School Principal Rachael Ayers had stepped down after 12 years serving in various roles at the school. Haddad's letter mentioned "significant challenges" during the school year but made no mention of the recent controversial photo that emerged on social media.

It is unclear whether Ayers's resignation is connected to the incident. A spokesperson from St. Vrain Valley said the district can't comment on personnel matters and declined to tell the Washington Examiner whether the students involved would face disciplinary action.

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Floyd, a black man, died on May 25 last year after he was detained by Minneapolis police officers and pinned to the ground by an officer's knee for nearly nine minutes during an arrest on suspicion of using counterfeited tender.

The officer on his neck, Derek Chauvin, was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

The image of the students was reportedly captured last month on Snapchat at what appears to be a parking lot near the school, showing one student kneeling on the neck of another student whose face is painted black.

Haddad addressed the image in a statement on May 20, one day after the controversial photo was shown to the superintendent.

"Yesterday, 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," the statement said. "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 NAACP Boulder County chapter and other local groups responded to the photo incident on May 27 by asking the school district to take several steps to address systemic racism in schools.

The groups have organized a virtual town hall panel for June 10 called the Solidarity to Safety: Race and Belonging in SVVSD. Haddad will be in attendance to answer questions.

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The local NAACP chapter did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's requests for comment.

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