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Jun 10, 2015 7:10 PM

Concord students react to T-shirt controversy


At first glance the T-shirt design for the seniors at Concord High School may seem harmless.

But when administrators took a closer look, they asked for all the shirts back.

"It's terrible. I'm ashamed to be part of a class that has our senior shirts like this. I think it's terrible. He does not represent our class whatsoever. We're a very accepting class," said Concord High School senior Jules Townsend.

READ: Concord High seniors asked to return class T-shirts for suspected racist messages

Did you find the controversial Concord High senior T-shirt to be racist?

If you look closely you'll notice three k's and a 'Go White' message on the design, which some felt was a subtle reference to the Ku Klux Klan. This was the scene yesterday at the main office as administrators asked for the shirts back. Administrators also met with the student of the final design.

The shirt that sparked the controversy

"I feel like he just thought that he could pull words in and mixed together cuz like you have a lot of good things and a lot of like," said Concord High School Junior Leo Sudieh.

Was it a misunderstanding or an attempt at a prank? Students we spoke with didn't think so.

"The kid that did it doesn't represent our class whatsoever. It was not a miscommunication. What he did my guess is he did on purpose," said Townsend.

UPDATE: New shirts for Concord High students after originals deemed to have racial slurs

"No way like who would put like three k's on a shirt. Like I don't know," said Concord High School Senior Julia Makris.

A day after returning the red shirts the senior class got new ones, hoping the incident won't ruin graduation.

"It shouldn't have been on the shirt like because like that doesn't represent our school in a positive manner," said Sudieh.

The administration says the final design on the shirt was not the one approved by the school. They wouldn't comment on any student discipline.

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