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GCPS probes use of Klan-like robes in Sweetwater classroom

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools officials are investigating a Sweetwater Middle School teacher who allowed students to wear Ku Klux Klan-like robes during a school activity.

The middle school social studies teacher, Stephanie Hunte, is not in the classroom pending the completion of the investigation, school district spokesman Jorge Quintana said Wednesday.

On May 20, a group of eighth-grade students decided to wear robes while re-enacting a KKK scene as part of an activity, Quintana said.

"Another teacher saw the students preparing for this in the hallway and told an administrator," Quintana said in a statement e-mailed to the Daily Post. "The administrator told the teacher of the class (Hunte) that this type of activity was not appropriate and would not take place. The students returned to class and the school felt this situation had been handled appropriately."

Hunte, however, recently told school officials that the same activity was conducted in her class the previous day, Quintana said. As a result, the district's Human Resources division launched an investigation into the matter.

Quintana said the eighth-grade curriculum covers parts of the nation's history including Reconstruction, key political and social changes, and the Civil Rights movement.

Hunte has worked for Gwinnett County Public Schools since 2006.

A Lumpkin County teacher was put on administrative leave last week after a similar incident, which drew a complaint from a parent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.