Baltimore private school students under fire for racially-charged Halloween costumes

Students and alumni of several Baltimore-area schools have come under fire for their racially-charged Halloween costumes, including one of Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody.

Several photos appeared on social media, including one that showed a graduate from the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland wearing an orange jumpsuit with “Freddie Gray” written on his back, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Gray, who was placed in the back of a police van during what a state prosecutor later deemed was an illegal arrest, died from a serious spinal injury, sparking protests across Baltimore.

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The photo of the Halloween costume was taken at an off-campus party at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, according to President Glenn McConnell, who said the incident would be investigated.

Another social media photo showed students from the Gilman School and Roland Park Country School posing in orange jumpsuits, with a Snapchat caption that read, “N----s broke out," CBS reported.

A third photo showed a St. Paul’s School student, who had a swastika and racial slur scrawled on his bare back.

Gilman and Roland Park officials issued a statement saying they were taking the situation seriously, although they also pointed out that the person who snapped the photo and wrote the caption was not a student at either school.

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St. Paul’s School said it was investigating the off-campus incident, adding that it “does not tolerate any form of hate or discrimination.”

The incidents prompted Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, whose daughter attends Roland Park, to write on Facebook, “Heartbroken. Disappointed. Frustrated.”

“It will undoubtedly be a rough day for my daughter tomorrow. Praying I find the words to help her make sense of this nonsense,” she added.  

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