Parents upset by picture of educators appearing to mimic the toppling of a Durham confederate statue

DURHAM (WTVD) -- The Durham School for Creative Studies is receiving backlash on social media Wednesday after someone posted a picture of what appears to be a skeleton being attacked by a group of adults.

In the post, a concerned parent told ABC11 the adults in the picture are educators who teach at their child's school (Durham School for Creative Studies).

The picture also includes a message on poster board that appears to say "In Memory of our Ignorance." One of the adults is using a red cloth to cover his face.

Some parents likened the image to the recent protest on August 14 in Durham, where a Confederate statute in front of the old Durham County Courthouse was toppled and then kicked by protestors.

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Eleven members of the protest have been charged with inciting a riot and causing property damage, a felony.

The parent - who asked not to be identified - told ABC11 she received the post from a mutual friend and became outraged.

In a statement to ABC11, Durham County Superintendent Bert L'Homme said "The Durham Public Schools Board of Education and I strongly support the free speech rights of DPS employees, as reflected in the Board's February 2016 resolution. The photo in question was taken August 23, after school hours, as part of the Durham Association of Educators's weekly 'Wear Red for Ed' advocacy. The photo is not a reflection of official Durham Public Schools or The School for Creative Studies policies or positions."
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