Alta High School students targeted with KKK Hoods and Hail Hitlers’.

I am currently a junior at Alta High School. I’m bi-racial. I have been attending Alta High School since the fall of 2010. I have experienced several occurrences of racism since then but it was the usual ignorant rants that mindless people say.
On March 17, 2011 @ approximately 9:00am the school was gathering for our annual spirit bowl. I woke up excited because the first spirit bowl I attended was fun but this time I was going to actually participate.
While walking across the gym floor to find a seat, a student wearing a white hood with holes for eyes was jumping around. When his friends saw that I had noticed they began pointing and laughing. I immediately demanded that he remove the hood. He then approached me and began dancing in my face and taunting me. I snatch the hood and threw it behind me and his crowd of friends became very displeased with this. I found a seat, finally, and sat down next to a friend. She, her sister and her friend all asked me if I was ok. I told them I was ok, and then began to contemplate how I was going to handle the situation.
I felt numb! I had no idea that the KKK was part of my high school spirit bowl.

Later during the assembly he donned his hood again. When he got the opportunity, he began running in circles while showing his support for the general Nazi cause, hailing Hitler. I was immediately reminded of a recent movie on Netflix that I watched with my father. The images of the Nazi party marching while the people hailing Hitler as they strolled by.
From my observation nothing was said or done but later a group of people’s names, including the racist supporter, were called to the administrative office.
After the spirit bowl I walked to my Spanish class and was appalled that he was sitting in class. His friends were laughing and bragging how funny it was. I then realized I needed to talk to my father as soon as possible. I asked my teacher if I could go to the restroom, took the pass, and when I got outside I called my father. He told me to go to the office immediately and tell someone about my situation. I had no idea he was preparing to join me.
We all know that racism is a problem and I had heard a series of stories underlying race problems in Utah. I am now convinced that this is true. Who in their right mind would plan to blatantly enforce their hate for others in a large gathering in a public school? How is it a joke? How is that funny?
This incidence has made a lot of people really show their true feelings at Alta High School. I was so surprised to find that there was a large group of supporters for the student and his racist demonstration. They even are so brazen to express their view on Facebook. They are so entrenched with their cause that they are willing to show their name and face in support of hate.
If your child has to attend Alta High School and they are nonwhite just know that the chances of being treated unethically are very high. My experience is that to be a non-white individual is a bad thing at Alta High School. Some people who are non-white have conformed, so they do not have to deal with this type of bullying.
My father was not surprised by what happened. He grew up in Utah and remembers that school administrators, teacher, parents, and students felt free to use the N-Word and other forms of emotional mistreatment. He is writing a book about his life and he says he is pulling back the curtain on this type of hatred. He also informed me that a lot has changed and there are people who will not stand for that behavior. My parents have taught me to love people and respect everyone but no one can prepare you for this kind of treatment/torment.

Reaction to new allegations of alleged discrimination at Alta High School

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  1. Posted by Anonymous on March 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I’m in one of your classes and I’d prefer to keep this anonymous. But I do think that what the kids did was just a joke since seniors were dressed in black but I also see where you’re comin’ from hun! CHIN UP! :)

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    • Posted by Stephanie on March 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      I’m not sure you see where he’s coming from. You think it was a joke? He doesn’t.

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      • Posted by alta kid on March 25, 2011 at 11:21 pm

        It was a joke. larz obviously loves attention and got it by saleing out it a kid who was just making a joke. He took it the wrong way because he is a faggot.

      • Posted by You are an idiot on March 29, 2011 at 4:17 pm

        Faggot? And your user name is alta kid?

        Okay. Just keep telling yourself that “making” the “faggots” suck you off in the locker room doesn’t make you gay.

        Idiot, faux homophobic, ignorant little bastard.

      • Posted by heisalsoanaltarichkid on March 30, 2011 at 5:12 am

        I think this is ridiculous. Larz needs to GROW UP.
        Yeah, I think it’s a GREAT idea to make a blog about a kid a lot of people at your school like, and to BASH him, and try make everyone feel like you’re a victim…
        that’s really mature.

        all you are doing Larz is playing the victim. There are kids out there who are being BULLIED and BEAT and ABUSED (Physically and Emotionally) at EVERY high school out there. And you are blogging and hating on this kid because “your feelings got hurt”. What are you going to do when you graduate and you cant call your daddy or a principal or anyone else to “get him in trouble” ?

        I’m white and people say things to me that could DEFINITELY be called racist. But I think its a little racist that if I were to go to the administration because one kid called me a cracker, etc. NOTHING would happen. Shouldn’t I have the right to be offended too? And also, Mackay NEVER said one racist word to you. So quit freaking out. It was a freaking pillowcase. And for those saying any type of white hat, etc. is offensive does that mean you put all those little trick-or-treaters in their place when they are dressed up as ghosts for Halloween and are wearing a pillowcase over their heads?

        & I love how everyone is talking about the “Alta rich kids”…Larz goes to Alta. So He also fits under that category.

        you are PATHETIC Larz. I dont care what color your skin is, but it needs to toughen up.

      • Posted by Faith on March 30, 2011 at 6:01 pm

        This is so embarrassing. Every time I stop thinking that Americans are dumb as shit something like this comes up. It’s not a joke. It’s not funny. He’s not overreacting. He obviously was not dressing up as a ghost for any of the shitheads in here who are dumb enough to believe that. It doesn’t matter if this douchebag didn’t say something racist because he DID something racist. I can’t believe that I have to explain this. I can’t believe this is an issue. This is so fucking embarrassing, and everyone in this thread who is harassing this Larz fellow should be ashamed of themselves. You’re in high school. Grow the fuck up.

      • Posted by Marilee on March 31, 2011 at 12:52 am

        If someone punched you in the face then said “just kidding!” would that make it okay?

      • Posted by matt on March 31, 2011 at 2:34 am

        Wow, the faggot comment really seals your fate as a “alta kid”. Way to reinforce the stereotype you fucking asshole.

      • Posted by A L H on March 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm

        I’m a minority and consider myself an observant person because I’ve always been aware of my surroundings. I don’t consider this post a valid recognition of racist bullying. The guy who was wearing the white costume, in my view, may have been taunting the OP, however, unlikely due to racism, and more so because he was showing off to his friends.

        If this was the only experience the OP had, he has no case other than preconceived notions he created in his own mind. I know what it’s like to be excluded and looked down upon because of my race, so I sympathize with how he felt, but I believe his conclusion is convoluted.

        The biggest problem with this post is how drenched it is with political correctness. He used how he FELT to “make a case” against the school and it’s officials, rather than by the facts. As a society, we are a melting pot of many races, and that’s wonderful, but what isn’t wonderful is how people seem to misunderstand one another, and how the underdogs (minorities) can get their revenge to an unnecessary dispute.

      • Posted by iagree on April 1, 2011 at 3:21 am

        im with hesalsoanaltarichkid

        @Faith-
        I love how hypocritical you are… “this is so embarrassing. Every time I stop thinking that Americans are dumb as shit something like this comes up.”

        How racist is THAT!?

    • Posted by Brenda West on March 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm

      Are you kidding me!!!!! Are we back to this again have we as a society not grown any more than this in the last 50 years!!!!! There is nothing funny about this action by a student.I am white but we live in a community of diversity and that’s what makes it great!!! Judge a person by what he does and how he conducts him or herself. Aren’t we teaching our children any better than this, that they offend a whole race by one extremely stupid act. As Oprah Winfrey has said”When people know better they do better”. Let’s teach love your neighbor as yourself and follow the golden rule treat others as you want to be treated. I commend anyone who lives with a higher level of personal integrity.

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      • Posted by Bbbbbeezzzy on March 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm

        There’s two sides to every story an for those of us that were there and wotnessed it, we do see it as being okay. Mackay didnt taunt anyone. There’s really no racism here..

      • Posted by SuPe on March 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm

        @Bbbbbeezzzy
        The fact that there are people who live ignorant to the reality that racism is very much alive today proves why racial slurs and threats continue to exist. Denial of racism allows it to persist.

        “The denial of racism is a form of racism itself.”
        — Tim Wise

      • Posted by branjean on April 9, 2011 at 4:03 am

        Exactly!

    • Posted by buthole on March 22, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      nigger

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      • Posted by the real kkk member on March 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm

        take the tampon out, because if this was a kkk deal you would’ve been wrapped in barbed wire, beat with a bat, dragged behind a car, and shot in the head. . you are blowing this way out of proportion. we haven’t been brought back to the south so all of you that think so can. . well get a hobby, preferably one that involves shoving something up your butt. i was there and didn’t see anything like that happen, I never even saw Mackay until he stood up on basketball court after the juniors scored a point, so it was out of celebration. . not racism!!!!!

      • Posted by south will rise on March 24, 2011 at 4:55 am

        Rawhide

      • Posted by the real kkk member on March 24, 2011 at 9:56 pm

        black people just need to let it go!!!! you keep using the same excuse for everything!!!! now it’s just stupid for you to use it. . look congrats for having balls to get attention. . you got it now quit being a cry baby about it god damn it!!! you’re the reason your people are still called NIGGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

      • Posted by youkidding on March 25, 2011 at 2:28 am

        Ignorance. I hope your behavior lands a nice tail whoopin when you go to college, if thats in your future. Whoever this Mackey kid is…I hope karma finds him real soon!! Grow up Alta high.

      • Fuck u u lil bitch ill murder yr bitch ass black pride fkk you honkie ass bitch, hick ass

      • Yall are bitches, scared ass bitch ass white ppl fuck yall, your racist? Do somethin any blak kid will fuck u up! Black pride#

      • Posted by howdumbcanyoube? on March 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm

        Just FYI – by posting anything on this blog they can pull your IP address and home location. Now the world can know your full name and address.

      • @butthole, your name says it all, even about your character. Who in the hell made you. Your parents odd to be ashamed of themselves. You racist bastard. I freakin hate your kind (Mormons). Hitler can go to hell..Oh wait, he is in hell for what he did…F*** kkk. You all can go to hell with your believes. Try that shit with us Mexicans or Tonga or Samoa people. You know you and your freakin friends would get your asses smashed. Who are you to call someone that kind of name. My cousin is Bi Racial and let me see you and your friends try to mess with her..You freakin white pieces of shit. I have friends that are white and I am half white. There is no need for this kind of behavior from you or your friens.Your parents are probably mormon. Do you hear Larz talk about your religion and/or your race. It will catch up to you later in life, believe that.

      • Posted by Steve on March 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm

        Great point. You spelled butthole wrong

      • Posted by Anonymous on March 31, 2011 at 4:31 am

        @timallen
        you are completely contradicting what you just said. you said you hate mormons then you talk of somebody not insulting mormons. obviously you dont know what your saying.

      • Posted by Ginger on March 31, 2011 at 1:37 pm

        Hey, i get called ginger every day and i juust wanted to say if your pusssy nigger ass cant handle a little joke then you should just go fucking hide under your moms fat ass you little bithc ass nigger

      • Posted by some1 insane on April 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

        @butthole:
        bastard.

      • Posted by FormerAlta on April 2, 2011 at 2:22 am

        @Christian

        I plan on making a police report to the Sandy police for your murder rant. Threats are not okay.

      • Posted by TROLLIN on August 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm

        RACIST SPRINKLER

        CHINK CHINK CHINK CHINK CHINK CHINK…. NIGGERNIGGERNIGGERNIGGERNIGGERNIGGERNIGGER

    • Posted by yung joc on March 24, 2011 at 4:01 am

      Damn it larz kicked me out of mcdonalds today….ill never forgive him.

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    • Posted by ~RAWHIDE> on March 25, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      LARS IS A PUSSY ASS!! THAT NIGGER IS GOING TO GET LYNCHED AND THEN THE SOUTH WILL RISE AND FUCK ALL THESE NIGGERS!!!!! THE NEED TO GO BACK ON THE COTTON FARMS WHERE THEY BELONG!!!

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      • Posted by Alisia Giles on March 29, 2011 at 5:06 pm

        How old are you? Do you have any respect for anyone?? I don’t know if you’ve looked around lately BUT… Let’s talk for just a second about who our “Role Modles” are look at the athletic world; OH ALL the stars are black. What about Oprah? Do you know how much money she made last year alone? I’ll tell you 30 MILLON DOLLARS!!! You can think whatever you would like about blacks but maybe you should look around! They are part of our country now!! So you go a head and act like your five, once you grow up you’ll realize this is the new America!! At one point or another EVERYONE migrated here!!!

      • Posted by howdumbcanyoube? on March 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm

        Thanks for access to your IP address. Now the sirens can be at your house if anything happens to Larz.

      • Posted by Rawhide haha what a VAGINA on March 30, 2011 at 4:34 am

        Rawhide is all talk!!

      • Posted by I hate Brad Johnson/ Rawhide on March 30, 2011 at 4:48 am

        To the two year old who calls himself “Rawhide” aka Brad Johnson who has to hide behind his tiny wiener and tell the world how he feels by immature blog comments and the use of his oh so mighty fist: congratulations because you’re definitely goin places in life.

      • Fuck you Rawshit..Fuck White Cowards..Don’t tell the world you lick your mama’s pussy, you sorry ass bitch..You probably suck your dad’s dick too, you fucken numbskull..I fucken hate bitches like you..

      • Posted by Crepescular Monty on March 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm

        Don’t worry about Rawhide. He has issues. This is his story. Rawhide has always been attracted to men. Big black men with big black swinging dicks. To satisfy his sexual desires he put a post on craigslist looking for a big black man to violate him. He got his wish. He showed up to the man’s house dressed in a tutu. The big black man started to violate him with his big black penis. Unfortunately for rawhide, he didn’t anticipate the girth of said penis. The big black man tore open Rawhide’s asshole and rectum. Rawhide screamed in pleasure. After the deed was done, Rawhide went home to masturbate while shoving a 14-inch dildo into his anus. He soon discovered that his torn asshole made this difficult.

        His torn asshole and rectum has also consigned him to a lifetime of incontinence. He frequently shits his bed and has to wear diapers to school. This is the root of his racism and homophobia.

        We must all be compassionate towards Rawhide.

      • My kids did not go to Alta,I am not bi-racial, I am not black, african American etc. But I am a Sandy resident. Blown out of porportion or Not..It happened and it was wrong. To say that the kid -Mackay did not understand or realize that wearing a pillow case over one’s head is offensive and wrong is ridculous. (how old is he?) He did it because he thought he could get away with it. (he is probably LDS and caucasion So, that makes him part of the majority not the minority) he may not of gone in thinking that it would be such a big deal, but that was his mistake. I think he and his family should man up and deal with th consequences. My gosh, you just can’t wear something like that and not expect a BAD outcome. You can not wear a white pillow case, just like you can’t wear a Swastika and chant white power without repercussions. It’s Hateful,it’s offensive and it’s wrong. BOTH a white hood and a Swastika are well known symbols of hate and are well known in history. To say that he didn’t understand is pathetic. For the mother to say that the principal sat there and told her, “I know your family, I know Mackay, But I have to do this anyway.”(he is basically telling her that it wasn’t offensive or wrong.) It’s all the more reason for the principal to be put on leave.(Mckays mother probably just sealed the principals fate by telling everyone that. I find this whole thing disturbing, appalling and the more the parents try and prove their son right, the worst it seems. In a perfect world..yes.. two men, two boys, two religions, two adversaries would say: “hey that offended me..and the other say..oh.. I am so sorry”..but we don’t live in a perfect world and I don’t think the mother of Mackay should expect Larz, to go to her son who is wearing a WHITE HOOD and say.. oh you offended me. Chances are, her son wouldn’t say he was sorry.( is Mckays mother that naive or stupid to think none of this would have happened IF only LARZ had gone to her WHITE hooded son and explained his emotions and explained history to him??? REALLY? ) Now I know where the kid gets his brains from. Anyone who wears a white pillow case synonymous with the KKK, doesn’t care if it’s offensive. None of the other studends wore a white hood over their heads. And do you know why? it is because it’s wrong and offensive and they KNOW better! Did the mother of Mackay really have to explain to her teenage son why wearing a white hood is wrong? Are you serious? Did the kid never take history? THEY (the parents) literally had to EXPLAIN why wearing a white hood is wrong? Come on!! Do they have to sit down and explain why Hitler is not the most beloved man in history too? Did they really have to sit down with him and EXPLAIN that to him? Seriously? If that is the case, I believe the Canyon School district needs to add history in their cirriculum, because it’s obvious history is not being taught there. I read, and not sure if that is true, that “white Power” and “black Power’ was being chanted during the assembly. Oh my.. I hope not, and again, if that is the case, then the principal and vice principal should be FIRED! I understand the “school color thing” but I looked on the cayon school district website and the official school colors of Alta are Red and Black. Not black and white. And couldn’t they have Chanted: SENIORS…JUNIORS… that’s what other schools do.I would have thought the principal would have been smart enough to catch that. Did Mckay really wear a white pillow case while chanting WHITE POWER… WOW.. that kid McKAY is seriously stupid. LIKE VERY STUPID. LIKE DUMB STUPID…LIKE IDIOT STUPID.. like WTF STUPID. IF… he actually chanted white power while wearing a white hood. He deserves all the attention this story is getting.(just typing it creeps me out)
        If Mackays parents find his white pillow case so harmless, innocent and blown out of portion, then I suggest, they allow their son to wear it down the street in NYC, LA… or… just let him go hang out to WEST HIGH SCHOOL and let him proudly CHANT up his school pride wearing a white pillow case. Will that be blown out of portion? Gosh.. I am surprised the kid made it home without a black eye & a Bloody lip. That amazes me.
        The fact is…WRONG IS WRONG. It was wrong, incorrect, appalling, disgusting, disturbing. Not innocent, not a mistake, not bad judgement. Whether Mackay meant it as a racial thing or Not..(I doubt it was aimed at any one individual)….BUT….There is only ONE way to take a White hood.. especially if he is chanting white power… If a kid makes the dumb mistake of robbing a bank…It’s still a federal offense. You can’t chalk it up to innocence.I really believe that Mckay thought it was okay, that it was no big deal. He did it because he thought he could get away with it;Especially since the prinicipal KNOWS his family. no doubt he is calling Larz up and appologizing, no doubt he is sorry…NOW..
        BY THE WAY BLOGGERS… LARZ & his family are not making UTAH look bad, Mackay and his family are!! Just by saying it’s blown out of portion and saying their son didn’t understand. BY not being appalled and owning up to it. The more that family tries to talk themselves out of it, the worse they will look.My advice to McKay’s family- is shut up. Keep your thoughts to yourself,you really make things worse the more you try and explain the innocense of it. Larz is not making ALTA look bad… Mckay and his family are.. THE BLOGGERS with some of their stupid, riduculous, slurs & comments are. The more they try to convince everyone it was harmless the worse it seems and the more media attention this will get.
        HELLO- do you not think that the media is going to get a hold of this blog and print the racial slurs and the comments? you don’t think that it’s going to make UTAH and ALTA look like a bunch of racist idiots? McKay and his family have embarrassed your school.The bloggers who are making the racial,idiot, comments embarrassed Utah and put us once again in the national limelight of being a State full of idiots.
        I support Larz and his family and wish them luck..It’s a tough road,standing up when you are the minority and it’s most likely going to get worse. GOOD LUCK!
        Mckay’s shenanagins left Larz no choice but to stand up and say it’s wrong. He did what no one else would do and he did the right thing. KUDOS to you kid.

      • Posted by whhaa--? on April 1, 2011 at 6:32 am

        haha wait. so why is rawhide getting dragged into this? i think i missed something… ?

      • Posted by some1 insane on April 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm

        @rawhide:
        not funny, you bastard.
        I hope u burn in hell.

      • Posted by FormerAlta on April 2, 2011 at 2:24 am

        @Rawhide

        I will be making a police report about your threat of lynching.

    • Posted by Dsl on March 25, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      You need to open ur eyes… It’s not funny in any sense… Until u are a minority or live in a diverse world and not a bubble u will probably never understand. I don’t think u do know where he is coming from

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    • Posted by bradjohnson on March 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm

      WHITEPOWER!! I hate niggas!

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      • @Rawshit(rawhide); bradjohnson:
        Ok, Lets assume you grew out of this rage and you got married to a white trash like yourself. You two begin a family and years later, your daughter or son begins to date a different race other then your sorry a***s. They have a child by this person. What the hell would you do? Dis-own them? Try to convince them otherwise? You all make me sick…
        Your parents should be ashamed of themselves, unless they believe the same crap you do. Then they can kiss my white spanish a** too.

      • Posted by fuckignorance on March 30, 2011 at 8:46 am

        I hope your balls get blown off by a shotgun, so that you are unable to spread your idiotic seed.

      • Posted by Crepescular Monty on March 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm

        Seriously dude. Just because your asshole was torn by a big black penis, and because now you have to wear a diaper all day because you are incontinent, it still is no reason to hate african americans and homosexuals.

      • Posted by I HATE BRAD JOHNSON/ Rawhide on March 31, 2011 at 4:30 am

        Brad Johnson couldnt spread his idiotic seed even if he wanted to because his wiener is too small. So Brad Johnson and your group of Rawshit can eat shit (since you probably do that daily anyway)
        oh by the way brad i think i saw your mom the other day at Temptations (the strip club down town)… or was that your dad..?

      • Posted by WhataboutRAWHIDE??? on March 31, 2011 at 7:51 am

        Haha Wait…i think I missed something. Since when did Rawhide get dragged into this? What did he do?

      • Posted by Getoveryourself on April 4, 2011 at 4:48 am

        Brad Johnson…
        Get over yourself you are white trash anyways so you have no right to judge.. Sometime you might want to grow the hell up.. Keep this shit up are you won’t go anywhere and mommy and daddy can only bail you out for so long and then you are screwed..

    • Posted by Shirley on March 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      Racism is alive in Utah… My 5th grade niece goes to a private Christian School (Layton Christian Academy). Last week her class was discussing civil rights. At one point someone in her class said that people used the “N” word. The teacher said “you mean nigger?” She then wrote the word on the board in big letters and said that it is not a bad word, it just depended on how it was used. Then the teacher asked one of the non-white kid if he was offended. My niece, who is bi-racial, gasped and covered her mouth. At that point the teacher told her to chill out. Appalled, my sister talked with the principal and the teacher but it seems like nothing is being done.

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      • Posted by RedSkier on March 31, 2011 at 3:12 pm

        Words only have power if you let them. Learning these words can be hurtful is good for the children in your niece’s class. For example reading Huck Finn is a good chance for young people to learn about the ‘N’ word and where it originated. The teacher did not want her to become upset because the reference was not directed at her. These are teaching moments and oportunities for teachers to do their job. Teach, educate and allow their students to have an understanding of words and the power certain words have because of their history. The hope would be that once children understand the power and hurtfulness of the words they will not use them so causally. ‘Cracker’ is only hurtful when used in a hurtful way.

    • Posted by 25 years behind on March 29, 2011 at 11:34 pm

      It’s sad… YES Utah (the state) as a whole is very ignorant on all levels… Gay, racial, atheist, you name it. People here live in a bubble. But in order to change and educate people here you need to pick your battles carefully. Although I completely understand how you feel, I think you might have blown this event out of proportion. ( I do know that living in Utah does make people [that are not white or Mormon] more sensitive to minority issues, because it is thrown in your face all the time.) But keep in mind High School kids are dumb & do stupid things without thinking, although he may or may not have pulled that “prank” with malicious intent, (to me ot seemed more like a “roast like” joke) by making that big of a deal out of it made students, parents and others protective and defensive. Instead of understanding & compassion you are just getting hate. I don’t agree with the hate at all. I understand your position because I am too a minority, I just disagree on how this whole thing has gotten out of hand and how it has set back equality. Just try to remember Utah is like 25 years behind the rest of the country… In all aspects.

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      • Posted by cool on March 30, 2011 at 7:34 am

        I appreciate 25 years behind’s comments. High School kids do do stupid things and don’t always understand consequences. Though I do not believe Utah is ignorant on all levels, or 25 years behind. Racism is everywhere, still probably mostly saturated in the south, but yes there are racist people everywhere; this doesn’t make the state of Utah racist but the few ignorant people who have made ignorant comments and actions. I agree with most of the things you said, but Utah is not 25 years behind in all aspects. Many Utahn’s have belief’s just as you do, opposing views on issue’s doesn’t set a state back.

      • Posted by Kyle Day on March 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm

        If this guy is offended by something, he has the right to post it on his blog. And if he feels unsafe in school he has the right to bring it to the attention of the authorities. By telling him that he is making too big of a deal out of it we are excusing the behavior. That is not acceptable. Good for standing up for yourself Lars!

      • Posted by cool on March 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm

        Kyle Day, he does have every right to post this, BUT he might as well get the story right. He’s embellishing the facts to make it a good story and give his daddy a good story for his book. The blog is ok, going to the news with an embellished story to get attention is not.

    • Posted by concerned adult on March 30, 2011 at 10:28 am

      Any form of racism, whether it was intended as a joke or not, is still that racism. This is really a serious issue. Not so different from the homosexual kids that are harrassed. The sad part is it is passed from generation to generation like a mutation in your genes. This young man is very much a man. He has more respect for others as well as caring for his fellow man.
      Bringing this issue to the news media was valid, if the school had handled it when it occurred, then this would no longer be an issue. This is a hate crime, no different than burning a cross on some ladys lawn (which has happen recently) Larz has every right to go to school with out these type of issues occuring. Everyone has the right to feel safe and learn. Not in any hostile environment.
      Why are we reverting back 50 years, to a time where people died for these natural rights. Makes no sense, to see this type of hazing in our schools. In high school they call you a young adult, it would be nice to see. But vastly, more students are children with a poor up bringing. Imagine how horrible a society we would be if racism was the norm. No better than a third world country. With fighting in the streets every day. There is no room for racism in todays society.
      Thank you Larz for having the guts to stand up for the rest of society. It is very much appreciated.

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    • Posted by manaen on March 31, 2011 at 6:18 am

      Yes, just a joke — like the KKK used to joke and laugh while they LYNCHED their victims. Do you really believe that an offensive act becomes less offensive if you laugh about what you do to your victim???

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    • Posted by Anonomous on March 31, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      If every law broken every day in High Schools were actually taken seriously, this sort of antics would never be tolerated. Subjects like, Politics, religion, race, sexual orientation, would NEVER be discussed, and when they are discussed, it would be from the view of education, not persuading one way or the other. Let’s face it, our JR High Schools, and High Schools don’t live the same rules as any Business. Ignorance to laws, or political correctness or whatever the reason, it’s serious. Growing up in the 80S in Salt Lake, we have seen it all. It’s time to treat EVERY student as a responsible adult, nothing regarding ANY of the protected classes should be the topic of a skits, or represented in any way that could be perceived as negative by anyone. In the workplace, if you make any comment about any of the protected classes, you simply get fired.

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    • Posted by That racist guy on March 31, 2011 at 11:15 pm

      Larz Are you sure your not Irish shorty

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  2. Posted by Nathan Gaillard on March 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    dear cousin,
    what happened at your school is very much intolerable, and although it may not seem like a lot coming from me, i think it is amazing and frankly commendable that you would voice your frustration in a healthy and effective way. Even the littlest things – things such as this – help to fix what may be unethical. And every voice should be heard when its standing up for good.
    I’m sorry about what happened. But thank you for standing up for yourself. it shows a lot of courage.
    – your cousin, Nate

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  3. Posted by Erik Manley on March 18, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Larz, you’re a good guy and a good friend, I support you, if there’s anything you need help with, just ask. The crap Mckay did at the spirit bowl was rediculous.

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  4. Posted by Kristina Clark on March 19, 2011 at 2:31 am

    I’m sorry to hear about what happened at your spirit bowl, there is absolutley no reason for any of there actions, and your right it’s very surprising that further action wasn’t taken. These kids will get what’s coming to them though and we both know that karma is very justifying lol. You’re the strongest person I know and I know you will get through this, take pride in who you are( which I know u do :) ) and hopefully things will change at your school. if all else fails I know u can kick their ass’.

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    • Posted by AltaStudent on March 24, 2011 at 4:33 am

      shut up, you have know idea what happened at alta. Larz is a nigger faggot who ruined altas rep

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      • Posted by Support Larz 100% on March 24, 2011 at 7:20 am

        I do not feel that Larz ruined Alta’s rep. Who ruined it was the boy-child who ran around wearing the white mask. It is astonishing to see how ignorant some people are. I live somewhat around alta, and I know how predominant the Caucasian race is. It is hard for them to understand what it is like living here. Yet to act in the way that the boy-child did was horrifying. I do not know how you feel, but the fact that you had to go through this makes me wonder how far, yet how little some people have come to understanding. If I were to act in a way that upset this McKay, I would no doubt be expelled from school an have charges raised against me. I am deeply sorry for what has happened, I wish that others could understand what happened. People say that ignorance is bliss, but is it truly so?
        Also I would like to tell AltaStudent that the words “nigger” and “faggot” are childish and hurtful words to a certain group of people, and would ask for them to refrain from using them.

      • Posted by Igottanuseforyakid on March 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm

        Seriously he did ruin our rep… I read on ksl that that little lying B-hole said it was a pointed hood when it was just a pillow case… He’s just being an ignorant little prick… Like I said before if really was the kkk, he wouldn’t be alive to blog about it….

      • Posted by youkidding on March 25, 2011 at 2:34 am

        I don’t need to know what happened at the spirit bowl, after reading your words (Altastudent) it’s loud and clear what happened. Where is Alta Highs authorities now?? P-U-N-K-S!

      • Posted by Vanessa Paulsen on March 25, 2011 at 10:39 pm

        Shut the hell up Larz is a good guy and he did the right thing.

      • Posted by ANM on March 26, 2011 at 11:28 pm

        youkidding… obviously he’s not actually from alta. This is the problem… you are taking what other people do and putting it under our name.

      • Posted by JanaHopperFormerStudent02 on March 29, 2011 at 5:50 am

        Which was what? That Alta High is a bunch of spoiled, Racist, rich, ignorant WHITE kids? Really, what Rep are you speaking of? I personally was ashamed that I had to go to this school and now I am appalled and disgusted by the caliber of the student body, parents, teachers, and the administration. I can tell you right now that there was a teacher at that school, who probably still works there, that thought it was okay to grope girls in front of an entire class. To single them out and call them back to his desk to, yet again do this. This is along the same lines. It was ignored as much then as this was at the time. Thank goodness for the internet and technology or this too would have been swept under the rug. You need to grow up and realize that there is more to life than the little bubble you live in. When I went to Alta I could count on one hand how many students that were of some race other than “caucasian”. Put yourself in another race, creed, color, gender, or anything beside what you know’s shoes for a minute. Do you know that if you are “Black” “Native American” “Mexican” “Hispanic” “Arabic” “Jewish”, etc. that most of the time you are singled out? Followed in stores by loss prevention? Profiled by cops? Denied the basic rights that we as “caucasians” are just handed over without even a second glance? We as a society automatically put stereotypes on anyone who isn’t “white”. We need to stand up as American’s and Human Beings and realize that if you strip off the outer layer of any “color” we are all the same underneath. Sadly, this just goes to show the level of education and how highly ignorant and intolerant this state and many of it’s inhabitants are. We have obviously learned nothing from our past as a country. We have obviously forsaken the reason this country was founded… TOLERANCE. Yes, many people did not know that having slaves was wrong back in the day.. but they did come to realize this. Every human life is worth saving. Every human life should be treated equally. I have a daughter and I pray to GOD that I will be able to raise her in a truly diverse, open minded and educated upbringing. You are all in for a shock if you ever get out of the “bubble”. I hope you wise up before then.

      • Posted by howdumbcanyoube? on March 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm

        @ Alta Student. Thanks for access to your IP address by posting here. Now we can arrest the right person if a hate crime is committed. Thank heavens for dumb Alta Students!!!

      • Posted by Hear2fear on March 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm

        No, your doing that all on your own scared little man. To think that there are kids out there like you make me sick. Alta would have to have a “rep” to begin with to even have the option to ruin it. Your uneducated and baseless comments are proof of the sub par and biased education that you are receiving at Alta.

      • Posted by Black and White on March 29, 2011 at 7:32 pm

        This was a stupid thing a stupid teenager did. I do not condone racism at all and I think people that do these types of things are ignorant and need to grow up. But tons of people on here are being just as ignorant. “Alta High is a bunch of spoiled, Racist, rich, ignorant WHITE kids”. That is being completely stereotypical and in a way, a bit racist. Because if your white and rich then you must be racist, right?

      • It looks to me, that you are all ruining Alta’s rep.

      • Posted by fuckignorance on March 30, 2011 at 8:51 am

        Do you realize that, as this gets spread around the internet, that ‘Alta’s rep’ is that of a backwater redneck town populated by ignorant fucks?

      • Posted by John Smith on March 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm

        Actually, its comments like this from Alta students thats ruining its reputation (not to mention your own).

      • Posted by Matt B on March 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm

        You realize that by calling him a nigger/faggot, you are ruining your schools reputation. You are also, possibly, making yourself a famous ignorant hate machine.

        It is very possible the internet will never ever let you live this down.

      • Posted by sierrh on March 30, 2011 at 5:40 pm

        I think the racist students acting like racists ruined it themselves.

      • Posted by whatever on April 4, 2011 at 4:54 am

        Alta’s Rep has been a problem for a long time, where the hell have you been.. Shit like this has gone down before but no one didn’t anything about it.. thank god someone finally stood up and did something about it..

    • Posted by Chris on March 31, 2011 at 12:52 am

      @ Kristina Clark….wow. You’re offended that something racial may or may not have occurred and yet you encourage him to ‘kick their ass’. That’s a great way to handle this situation. Dummy.

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    • Posted by TROLLIN on August 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      @ Kristina Clark … really! HES A HALF BREED HE CANT KICK NO ONES ASS!

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  5. Posted by aint yo bizzness on March 19, 2011 at 3:34 am

    dude you shouldnt be so butt hurt over a joke. i aint white and i go to alta, but you dont see me crying. i ignore mackay and hes just a tool. i dont think he really meant it though. do you really think he really hates colored people…? how is that you are the only colored person at alta getting all hurt about it?? IT WAS A JOKE. although what he did was stupid, you took it way too hard. i get critized alot, but i know people dont really mean it. its life bro, deal with it. and this is coming from a colored junior at alta! just get over it, its not a big deal at all. there are alot of fake tough guys at alta high school who think they can do whatever the fuck they want to others, and you just gotta fuck it. mackay is just one of them, and is why i dont like him. as goes with most of the football team ( which cant talk shit going 4-7). there just tools. and im sorry if anyone gets offended by what i say, its totally true. alta is known for douchebag guys. im just saying it was stupid, but dont get all butt hurt over some joke…

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    • Posted by TearsTheWingsOffAngels on March 20, 2011 at 12:58 am

      It’s great that this sort of thing doesn’t bother you. However, I do not agree that this is an insignificant incident. Bullying affects different people in different ways, and bullies are likely to attack and assault the ones who are most vulnerable. Alta High School needs to be a safe place for learning, for everyone who goes there, not just for popular football players and those people who aren’t intimidated by them.

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      • Posted by R.Skinner on March 22, 2011 at 2:47 am

        Respect isn’t something you give other people respect is something you give yourself. You can’t control what other people do but you most certainly can control your reaction to it and I am 100% behind you taking a stand for what is right. You don’t have to get your feelings hurt as the previous poster suggested to take a stand for something. Be bold and don’t be afraid of standing up for whatever you believe. I believe education is in order for the offender. Many of these kids aren’t being taught basic principles of respect for others in their homes or at least it isn’t taking so it’s up to others to tell them what they are doing is wrong and why. Kudos.

      • Posted by Darth Vader on March 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm

        I agree with “aint yo business”. stop being a cry baby. it was a joke.

      • Posted by Dj on March 22, 2011 at 9:55 pm

        Fuck Off! Stop acting like a little girl and take a fucking joke. Larz is a little pussy ass bitch that is just trying to get attention because he feels it was directed towards him when it was directed to the seniors. Everyone needs to calm the fuck down and stop blowing this thing out of proportion!

      • Posted by AltaStudent on March 24, 2011 at 4:36 am

        Larz is a bitch, who wasn’t bullied or picked on for any reason. Out of thousands of alta students, Only that FUCK got upset and involved the media.

        FUCK YOU LARZ

      • Posted by Kyle Day on March 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm

        “Jokes” like this are not funny, period. And anyone who resorts to the sort of name calling used by half of the people commenting here is far too immature to understand that.

      • Posted by Crepescular Monty on March 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm

        It appears there is an epidemic of sorts. All these people who are screaming that it was just a joke.

        It appears that they all had their assholes ripped apart by throbbing hard black manmeat. They are all obviously incontinent as well and wear diapers all day.

        It is shame that is driving them to be racist and homophobic. Please seek help. We all feel for you (except for the feeling of a torn asshole and wearing a diaper. We don’t feel that)

    • Posted by Former Hawk on March 22, 2011 at 12:31 am

      I find it funny you use the word “colored.” Thats the same thing my racist grandfather calls them… Weird, huh?

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      • Posted by Stephanie on March 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

        I was thinking the same thing.

      • Posted by johnny hooper on March 25, 2011 at 1:52 am

        Weird that you would say something stupid like that, who gives a damn what you call them? colored, black, african american? Do you want to call them african americans? White people aren’t referred to as caucasions, they’re referred to as white. If you get offended by the word “colored” you have issues, it’s not a big deal. Call me a honkie or cracker and I’ll laugh at you, get over the labels people. Your not racist if you say colored.

      • Posted by THought on March 25, 2011 at 3:52 am

        African american isn’t necessarily proper either… that would imply they came from africa. I know lots of black people who didn’t come from africa. Are white people european americans?

      • Posted by MB on April 7, 2011 at 2:51 am

        @THought, African American is the proper term for us because it means an American of African heritage. Even if a black person comes from somewhere like Jamaica or Haiti they r still descended from Africans. But really it doesn’t matter what you call us black, colored, and African American all can be used. Also, as a black person I think that while the joke was taking it to far, Lars handled it the wrong way. I wouldve asked him to stop n if he kept it on n got in my face n started taunting me then I just wouldve fought him. The authorities didn’t really need to be involved but hey, at least he did something about it. This mackay guy needed to know that that isn’t ok. Wait to stand up to him my brother.

    • Posted by sg on March 22, 2011 at 12:33 am

      Hey man, what a sad thing to read about in the news. I’m glad that this story is making such big news because it is a big deal and should not just be ignored. The time period , civil inequalities, and bigotry the KKK costume alludes to is one of the saddest times (if not the most sad time) in our nation’s history. Even if this person was trying to make light of the situation (yes, I understand that sometimes to heal the best medicine is laughter) it is impossible to me to comprehend how he or she thought this act would not offend people or would be okay to do. It is acts like these and comments like these that actually tell you to “lighten up” that make me embarrassed to be a white American at times. I hate having anything in common with people that are so narrow-minded and bigoted.

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      • Posted by Taylor on March 22, 2011 at 4:10 am

        I think, like most things, this is a situation where the truth lies somewhere in the middle of the extremes of this discussion. I agree that racism is a prevalent problem, and that wearing a pointed white hat to school wasn’t a smart idea, in fact it was ignorant. But it was just that… ignorant. From what it sounds like from all comments, the incident was not ill-meant. Although it was offensive, it was an incident where the student didn’t understand the full meaning or effect of his decisions; he was ignorant of the full connotations his actions could have. I know that growing up in a predominantly white community, the KKK wouldn’t be the FIRST thing many people thought of when they saw the hat… which is ignorance, but still a reality that needs to be taken into account. He may have known, he may not have…

        At the same time, Larz’s actions were rash. He should have taken the matter to an administrator first, who has the authority and responsibility to make sure the matter is resolved in the most effective, and least contentious manner possible. I know the administrators of Alta, they would have been more than willing to intervene! Taking manners into his own hands crossed the line and made it impossible to look at the incident objectively and automatically pointed intentions at racism. While I do think it was good to stand up for his beliefs, it needed to be done with respect and decency for himself and for the other student.

    • Posted by CKB on March 22, 2011 at 12:44 am

      There is never anything funny about racism. It’s one thing to joke around with someone, but it is quite another to dress up like a KKK member and run around the gym making fun of people. Do you have any idea what it was like for African Americans when the KKK was prevalent? Can you imagine coming home to see your dad hanging dead, from the tree in your front yard? Can you imagine having your home set on fire, watching your mother and siblings burn alive? If that is something to be joked about, then you need serious help.

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      • Posted by in vocation on March 23, 2011 at 3:21 pm

        That is very true, but did it happen to you? Did you see your dead family and know what it all feels like? No, so stop acting so hurt by it. Yes it was awful, but it has nothing to do with you. And does Mackay have an intent on killing black people? No, so don’t take it asapersonal blow.

      • Posted by Queen2U on March 23, 2011 at 9:21 pm

        Happened to mines and countless thousands of others. Now what? Does that help “validate” the sentiment?

      • Totally agreed with this. Every bit if that is true and maybe racist people need to have something dramatic like that happen to themselves for them to understand what it’s like to be treated like shit.

    • Posted by Texas Teacher on March 22, 2011 at 1:20 am

      This is not a matter of how one kid “feels” about another. This intolerant behavior was NOT a joke. There are certain things in 2011 you aren’t allowed to do–and racist behavior is one of the most intolerable. At a job, where do you think you could wear a KKK hood and not get fired? No one needs to lighten up. They need to grow up. Sounds like Alta High School needs an administrative overhaul if unfunny bullying is tolerated in any way, shape, or form.

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      • Posted by Alta highschool student on March 23, 2011 at 2:55 am

        How do you know that he wasn’t joking? You weren’t there, you have only heard one side of the story; Larz’s side of the story, and knowing Larz personally, he will blow things way out of proportion and make false assumptions without asking the one who was wearing the mask of his intentions.

        In this blog, Larz has left out certain details about the setting and the reason the kid was wearing the mask. (I say “the kid” because I don’t like to name names)

        Larz attended the Spirit Bowl, an assembly of Alta High where each grade competes with each other in different games to determine which grade is the “champion”. Each grade wears their color to show their pride; sophmores’ color is red, juniors’ color is white, and seniors’ color is black. The kid decided to wear the WHITE mask to emphasize his pride in his grade; the juniors; whose color is WHITE. In no way is this to discriminate against black people. And after the juniors won a game, the kid started to parade around the auditorium with his mask on, using a hand gesture that all of the students use to mock the opposite grade (as a competitive sign). This hand gesture was misinterpreted by Larz as the Hail Hitler sign and was offended, he walked over to the kid and took the hat off of him and threw it, the kid realized that Larz was offended, so he threw the hat away, HE DID NOT put the hat back on as Larz said he did.

        Larz made false accusations without knowing the full story, blew the whole thing out of proportion, and now the kid is paying for larz’s stupidity. The kid is being suspended and called a racist, and has way too much publicity about a misunderstanding.

        DO NOT read this blog without reading the other side of the story, because important details were purposefully left out to make the kid seem to be a racist.

        An Eye witness Alta High Student

      • Posted by Alta High Student on March 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm

        Hey, Alta High suspended the kid who wore the hood, The district and the school responded to it ASAP! They did all they could, there is the same amount of racism in Alta High then any other school in the nation.
        The News got their story wrong, the truth of the story wasn’t in exact order or in the exact way it happened, all this is- is a miscommunication. Don’t think one second that Alta High is the most racist school in America just because a student decided to make a stupid decision.
        -Every school has a kid that has done something offensive to someone else, and made a massive problem, Alta High is just national because of it.

        Larz may have messed up a bit in his story, but either way, it happened because someone decided to do something stupid and it offended someone.

        Just give our school a break, if there was a list of most racist schools we’d be near the bottom. Stuff does happen here thats racist but not all the time, just some1 being stupid trying to be funny.

      • Posted by da on March 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm

        It was wrong, therefore there is no limit to how much he should be punished. That’s what’s going on right now. The punishment grows as Larz spreads his lies. We all saw it. There was no heil hitler or anything directed at Larz. He is spreading lies about the incident and I believe he has a chip on his shoulder. Do one thing and he’ll try to take you out for it.

      • Posted by JHopperAlumni on March 29, 2011 at 5:22 am

        As a former Alta High student j can honestly count on my 2 hands the number of kids who attended our school during my time there that were not “caucasian”. This is sad and appalling to say the least. Alta High and the Sandy/ Draper area are in no way diverse or even close to the meaning of the word “tolerant”. I am disgusted that someone who is 16-17 years old wouldn’t understand the implications of placing a white pillowcase (hooded, pointed or otherwise) on his head. It just goes to show the ignorance and dare I say quality of education in this state. You don’t call people derogatory remarks or flaunt a tragedy in their faces for a laugh. It would be equivalent to someone showing up dressed like Osama Bin Laden if there were Arabian students present. Everyone in this country is an immigrant one way or another (save Native Americans) and no race, creed or color deserves to be placed above another. We are Americans and an act like this whether blown out of proportion or not should not be tolerated. It just shows that we as American’s have learned nothing from our past but to continue the evil malicious cycles that have plagued our society for centuries. I for one am ashamed to be an alumi of this high school. Imagine being persecuted, followed, judged, and profiled without ever even opening your mouth. Most races and groups who aren’t “caucasian” feel this daily. It’s 2011 and all we have to show is more bullying, more hatred, and more intolerance in this world. Larz bravo for posting your perspective. It obviously shows the content of his character. The same cannot be said for the other party in this story. All we are hearing is racism and ignorance coming from him. He did not have the courage or fortitude to defend, deny or apologize for his actions. Excusing this type of behavior only enables it to occur again and again. Wake up Alta High. It’s gonna be a tough life for most of you if you ever step outside the bubble.

      • Posted by howdumbcanyoube? on March 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm

        A quote I heard about Germany and Hitler, “Those who do not learn from the past are bound to repeat it”. Sounds like poor Alta is now off their pedestal and the rest of the world sees your true colors of racism. AS per the students that keep making stupid comments they think are funny: You are showing everyone that Alta students are NOT educated – who the hell is your history teacher?. Could care less about Alta and now even more so. Pity on the fools that make light of this situation.

      • Posted by Support Larz 100% on March 30, 2011 at 4:47 am

        The fact still stands that Larz had to say something to the news to have something done to this McKay student. The fact that none of the teachers stood up for what was inappropriate behavior was wrong of them to do. How could something like this happen in a school where students are suppose to feel “safe?” I cannot believe that McKay could feel it would be funny to wear this costume and “joke” around with his friends. McKay may have intended this to just be fun and games, but the fact is this is intolerable behavior. Even if this is being blown out of proportions, which I don’t think it is, it is still inappropriate for McKay and other students to “blow it off.” Again if I were to offend McKay the way he offended people, I would no doubt be expelled from school and have charges raised against me. It is unacceptable that Alta administration only took actions after Larz had to Stan up for his rights. If McKay were to pull a stunt like this at any other public high school, he would have been beaten to a bloody pulp. Not sayin that violence is right at all, but it is the truth.

      • Posted by Marilee on March 31, 2011 at 12:47 am

        When you wear a KKK mask it becomes racist regardless of the setting. If you decide to wear a white hood with eye cut-outs you just made yourself a target.

    • Posted by Me/You on March 22, 2011 at 5:26 am

      To the people who thought it was ok to do this as a joke, its not cool. If you understand any parts of the history of this country, you wouldn’t make these comments. It’s still an issue in this country and some people are more sensitive to this than others. So joke or no joke, It’s hurtful to the history and disrespect to everyone in this country to see this kind of thing in public. If you have hate or joke hate in your blood, then keep n your private life and not demonstrate it in a public school at a rally for pete sake. You know its going to rub people the wrong way why do it and why people would laugh at it. People have lost lives and were physically tortured in the past over racism. If you think this is ok to joke just so he could get attention or what ever his reasoning this school and school district needs to take action and they need to be more proactive about teaching of what happened in our country’s history and how sensitive it is even today and find a solution to educate those who don’t know or those who pretend not to know. I commend the girl who stood up about how she felt. There were probably others who felt uncomfortable too black and or white but didn’t want to come out and voice their opinion because those who laughed and taunted would cause more friction in the school. What a shame and black eye on Alta High School. Yes Alta high on the east bench. The public high school with class, high academic and outstanding sports programs.

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    • Posted by Estelle Harris on March 22, 2011 at 6:49 am

      I hope you realize that this kid’s comment is ridiculous! You don’t need to take discrimination up the ass because this kid does.I hope your classmate get’s in touch with his self respect, and learns how to stand up for himself.

      There is (nothing) commendable about being a door mat, and sitting by passively when obvious injustices are occurring. You have the right to have access to an eduction where discriminatory behavior is not tolerated, or shrugged off as a joke.
      There is no reason for anyone to ever accept racially derogatory gestures as acceptable.

      I completely support you, and commend your willingness to address difficult situations head on. It takes a lot of courage to be an activist, and to take the moral high ground when so many of your peers are cowering under white oppression.

      As your white comrade,I apologize for the hate the dominate ethnicity has subjected you to… I look forward to the day when your not surrounded by bigots.

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      • Posted by Alta highschool student on March 23, 2011 at 3:26 am

        He was not discriminating against black people, he was wearing a white mask to take pride in his grade color: WHITE, and again, in no way is he a racist. Larz misunderstood and now the kid who wore the mask is paying for it.

      • Posted by da on March 28, 2011 at 10:11 pm

        I agree, this has happened before. And its ridiculous. My friend has his face smashed in when he stood up to a bully, and he was suspended (the bully) for three days. Not two weeks, but three days. Do you call this justice?

    • Posted by Nikki on March 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      Dear colored Junior who thinks its no big deal,
      You must not be over it yourself if you hate McKay for the racist comments he makes. You call Mckay names and say your not friends with him because of the way he treats colored people such as yourself. Sounds like you are hurt by his racism too; you are just dealing with it in a different way.

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    • Posted by Umm... on March 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

      I seriously could not agree more!!! I don’t understand why you are playing the victim card so hard here. No one did anything to victimize you! You just have to get over it. No one is racist at Alta High School. It was a freakin joke!! I think that some administrative attention had to be brought just because of the situation. But the fact that you got your dad involved and talked to the news about how it wasn’t funny was pretty dumb i thought. Oh and ps I didn’t see you touch Mackay’s hood even once. Mackay sat down before anything even happened. You seemed just fine at the Spirit Bowl. And this probably ruined Spirit Bowls in the rest of Alta High history. If it wasn’t my senior year I would seriously be so mad. I’m not full white and I went to Alta for all three years and I was just fine!

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      • Posted by dave on March 29, 2011 at 3:45 am

        “No one is racist at Alta High School.”

        You might want to read some of these other posts from your fellow students and rethink that claim, cause it appears to reek of bullshit.

      • Posted by howdumbcanyoube? on March 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm

        @ Umm = so, when someone makes fun of you, your family and heritage of lynching and racism, in front of the entire student body we can all tell you to calm down? BTW – no one is full white – how uneducated are you?

    • Posted by yo bizzness on March 23, 2011 at 3:21 am

      your probably a little white-washed bitch aint yo bizzness. who doesnt know anything about your own culture and act white like every other white person you know. mackay is a little shit and so are you if you think that a joke that killed people like you for laughs is even tolerable. hope your not in any of my classes little bitch.

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    • Posted by JC on March 23, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      A Joke??? First of all there is nothing funny about the KKK and Hitler. Both represent bigotry and intolerance. Both represent death to innocent men, women and children by the hands of those that hate based solely on race or religion. Joke? What is so funny about dressing like those slime balls? I agree in a small way with the other side as well. Was this racism? I don’t think we know enough based on the channel 5 news story and this blog. I would like to know the kids reasoning for doing what he did. I would like to know what kind of person he is before I make an assumption like that. HOWEVER… Were his actions thoughtless and just outright ignorant???? Yes. I have enough information from the news story alone to give me enough information to assume that the kid that did this was thoughtless and ignorant. That alone is reason enough for that kid to be punished by the school district.

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    • Dude you are the only one who posted a logical comment. Everyone else on here is calling Larz horrible mean names, when he was just offended! Jesus Christ, he certainly isn’t the one wearing the hood and doing the heiling! Hope everybody gives the poor guy a break. In fact, both poor guys a break. Both have probably now been through hell over the same idiots now. Time to let this blow over.

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    • Posted by you said it on March 25, 2011 at 7:08 am

      Although I’m not sure a “colored” person wrote this there is a point to it…. Don’t let the douchebags get you down….(4-7)? Really? Pretty crappy stats….P.S black people usually don’t refer to themselves as “colored”…just sayin’…

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    • Posted by Matt B on March 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      I agree with you for the most part.

      I would take a look back over some of the racist comments on this blog, and think harder about the way people at your school feel.

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    • Posted by RedSkier on March 31, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      It’s great this event did not bother you. There are kids around the country who are bullied for all sorts of reasons. If they had an outlet like a blog maybe there would be fewer school shootings. Maybe if more kids could deal with bullies or d’bag kids like you the world would be a better place. You don’t allow their words and actions to have power. Not all teens or even adults are as resistant to bullies. Good for you.

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  6. Posted by An Observer on March 19, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Dude. I know it was a stupid thing to do and I don’t support what happened in the least. But the kid doesn’t hate black people. He’s not a racist, and I’m sure that the other people you’re talking about in your story aren’t either. They’re a bunch of kids that think it’s funny. They don’t hate black people or any other color people for that matter. They’re a bunch of meatheads that think they can do anything, but they’re not racists.

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    • Posted by Monica Albornoz on March 22, 2011 at 2:02 am

      If you don’t want to be pointed like a racist you shouldn’t be doing racist actions. I can’t believe that the school authorities didn’t know what the students were doing.did they know about all the black people that died on KKK hands, or making fun with Hitler???? really? how many millions he killed? they should seat EVERYONE on this school, including teachers and show them what this killers did to the people because obviously they never read a single book of History.

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      • Posted by da on March 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm

        Did he do anything hateful? Dressing up as KKK is not racist. They were not racist for wearing white hoods. The KKK were racist for their actions, and people are trying to tie the actions (lynchings, etc) with the dressing up. It is not racist to heil hitler either. It was racist for hitler to start a genocide and kill millions, but not racist to raise their hands.

      • Posted by Kyle Day on March 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm

        The symbolism associated with the KKK is racist, that is what they stood for. Have the kid who dressed up like that go somewhere else other than Utah, somewhere where he is a minority like this Larz kid is here. And lets see how these sort of “not racist” and “not hateful” actions look then. I promise you from experience that it would be eye-opening at the least.

    • Posted by Stephanie on March 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      Are you kidding? As an OBSERVER, you should really observe better. You used the word “but” a lot which means you’re justifying actions. If they aren’t racist, then what is a good explanation for their actions?

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      • Posted by Anonymous on March 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm

        Ok ya his actions weren’t the best thought out, he made a mistake, just like everyone else he’s HUMAN!!! Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, and at our Spirit Bowl Assembly he made a bad decision that was taken the wrong way!!! This whole thing has been blown out of porportion, im not defending him, i agree what he did was wrong and ok Larz you got the attention you wanted but are you seriously going to ruin this kids life over a miscommunication? He was showing support for the junior class who were wearing all WHITE, he didnt direct it towards you but towards the senior class wearing all BLACK, it was meant at a joke, yes it was a very stupid joke but just let it go already!! He’s not racist and neither is Alta High School!!
        Plus, I dont see anything from his side of the story being broadcasted, I’ve only heard Larz’, there’s two sides to every story and everyone deserves to share their side. The media is taking one side of the story and twisting it just because they can, in order to make a story. He’s tried many times to say sorry for his actions!! Why can’t this just be a learning expierience for everyone, i dont see why Larz has to take it this far, just because he can doesn’t mean he should… and it doesn’t make it right either.

      • Posted by How dumb on March 30, 2011 at 3:47 am

        You do realize he said the word “but” twice? I wouldn’t say two times is a lot.

    • Posted by Queen2U on March 23, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      Meatheads are how racists start out: thinking they can do anything and get away with it. If the Black students showed up in gang colors, would the reaction/inaction have been the same? It was a joke, afterall, right?

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      • Posted by johnny hooper on March 25, 2011 at 2:04 am

        well there were black sophomore’s wearing red . . . does that make them bloods?

      • Posted by ANM on March 26, 2011 at 11:33 pm

        racism is reverse these days. Every one white apparently, and now everyone at alta, as Larz puts it, is rascist against any “Non-white” people. There’s the first problem. You think you have some magic bubble, anyone can experience racism, and Larz is putting the label on the “whites” that they are all rascists.

      • Posted by johnny hooper on March 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm

        ANM is completely correct. Reverse-racism is becoming a major issue in our country, the world isn’t against black people as they make it seem

  7. Posted by ... on March 19, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    You shouldn’t make a judgement on the whole school based on the actions a few. Those few that do think racial intolerance is funny are obviously wrong, sick people. But you make it sound like the whole school were being racists on Thursday.

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    • Posted by TearsTheWingsOffAngels on March 20, 2011 at 12:52 am

      “you make it sound like the whole school were being racists on Thursday.”

      Alta students must all own up for the fact that they allowed “a few, sick people” to perpetrate this behavior in front of everyone. Even if the rest of the school isn’t racist, they certainly were cowardly for allowing it to continue.

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      • Posted by Anonymous on March 22, 2011 at 2:37 am

        I attended the spirit bowl but I didn’t see the person with the KKK hat. If I had seen it, I would have done something about it! Some people are just plain idiots but that doesn’t mean the rest of the school are cowards…

      • Posted by anonymous... on March 22, 2011 at 4:12 am

        okay. here is the deal! go to that spirit bowl. be in that crowd, and then talk to me about saying something. i am a senior at this school and yes, i do think that this action was despicable, and yes, i am very disappointed with the actions of my classmates, but DO NOT say that we “must own up to the fact that we allowed a ‘few, sick people’ to perpetrate this behavior.” I was across the stinkin’ auditorium, i was very upset about it, i saw it once, i thought it was taken care of. I honestly can say that i would have done something had i known that something hadn’t been done. i would have said something to an administrator. Frankly, I think it is wrong that you would say that we, as a student body, need to take accountability for something that a few meat-head jocks did. Larz I am so so so so sorry that you had to experience that dude, it really does upset me, and mackay is just an idiot, but to those of you who weren’t there, didn’t see it, etc. mind your own dang business, it isn’t your place to start spurting off your idealist opinions, we’re in high school, the stupid kid is a junior that hasn’t placed his ass from his elbow, and i suppose hasn’t really listened in his history classes. i firmly believe that he wouldn’t have done those things had he realized that effect that it would have on another person, or even himself.
        ~…

      • Posted by Scooter on March 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm

        @TearsTheWingsOffAngels, I go to Alta and I can tell you right now that we arent racist. Why the hell should I own up to letting someone put a mask on? Yeah cause that was my fault. It was intended towards the seniors not the black community you gigantic pussy. We arent cowards at all, go to hell and take your ignorant comments with you.

      • Posted by Alta highschool student on March 23, 2011 at 3:39 am

        The kid was NOT wearing the WHITE mask to be racist, he was emphasizing his pride in his grade; a junior, whose color is WHITE. Do NOT assume that this kid was discriminating against black people just because you read Larz’s blog, )which has many important details left out) you have to know both sides of the story before making assumptions.

        Assumptions are what started this whole thing; assumptions and misinterpretations by Larz, who got a kid into trouble because he took the mask the wrong way.

    • Posted by CKB on March 22, 2011 at 12:46 am

      The fact that one lone student is standing up and saying “that was not okay” proves the fact that Alta is probably a racist school. What kind of teachers, students, and adults sit around and do nothing while a white boy dresses up like a KKK member and taunts a black student? What are we? Arkansas in 1860?

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      • Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 3:50 am

        THE BOY WAS NOT TAUNTING THE BLACK STUDENT. READ THE OTHER COMMENTS. YES IT WAS A STUPID THING TO DO BUT IT WAS DIRECTED AT THE SENIORS WEARING ALL BLACK.

      • Posted by ... on March 22, 2011 at 4:35 am

        No, we live in 2011 Utah, and racism or any discrimination is not an acceptable thing. What the kid did wasn’t a hate crime, he didn’t go and beat Mr. Cosby. The kid who dressed up in the KKK hood was not prancing around the whole school looking to actively harm other races. He did not have any INTENTION to cause harm. That doesn’t make it right, but it does not mean he, or anyone acquainted is a racist. Furthermore, it was only one student who was actually offended or even thought that it could be offensive. I was personally there and saw it for the whole whopping 60 seconds it was on, and many people thought, “what a stupid move, but not a HATE-FILLED one” Also, refer to “aint yo business”.

      • Posted by M on March 25, 2011 at 3:54 am

        Teachers and students did not just sit around. Had you actually been there you would know this. Immediately after the spirit bowl, members of my government class brought the event up to our teacher (who is not white and we all love him). Our teacher allowed students to leave class right then and there to report it to the school administration. It’s sad you believe no one did anything. Just goes to show the ignorance of those who claim Alta is racist. If this were Arkansas in 1860 there would have been burning crosses and hanging bodies. Don’t be a fool and buy into the lies of the media, and that certain individual fueling the medias stories. Alta is not a racist school. End of story.

      • Posted by Kyle Day on March 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm

        People think that racism can only be acts of violence. Racism has simply evolved from what it used to be. There are still violent acts perpetrated by many, but much racism is subtle now. Just because this was not a violent act of racism does not make it exempt from being an act of racism. This sort of behavior is unacceptable and racist even though it was not physically violent.

  8. Posted by julie on March 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I don’t know who you are, but you should have to endue hatrated. Is your spirt bowl taped? If so, I recommend you get a copy and send it to the media. the more informed people are the more support you will get.

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    • Posted by Former Student on March 22, 2011 at 2:53 am

      Your right Julie. Let’s bust up a high school student in front of the nation. Understand these kids are just that…KIDS. Remember all the dumb shit you did as a kid and look back on with regret? It should be addressed properly to the appropriate degree but that’s a little over kill. I know the family and he is neither racist nor raised racist. The school just needs to learn from this and make an example of him so this will never become an issue

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  9. Posted by Disappointed on March 19, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I commend you for voicing your opinion. Everyone says it’s a joke but the fact that so many people find this to be funny is disgusting. The fact that he even thought it was appropriate to don a KKK hood at a school event just shows how racism hasn’t gone away and Utah has a lot of learning to do.

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    • Posted by johnny hooper on March 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      fuck off man. I don’t know who you are or who you think you are, but your an ignorant son of a bitch. Just 3 years ago the Alta football team (the “meatheads” you all speak of) hosted Grant High School from northern California. Do you know how many white kids were on that team? 1. Not only that but the parents and students of ALTA HIGH SCHOOL housed these BLACK football players from Grant High School, and they spent the night for a couple of nights at these people’s homes. So your telling me that the students of Alta High School are racist, yet allowed 50 some BLACK football players that they knew absolutely nothing about, to stay in their homes. You people are ridiculous, get your facts straight, or just take your heads out of your asses.

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      • Posted by Huh? on March 30, 2011 at 2:48 am

        Basic math dictates that the meatheads who are juniors at Alta now were in junior high 3 years ago. Are you seriously suyggesting that we judge today’s student body based on something that took place before these kids even got to Alta? You seem to have mastered foul language, maybe you should give math a shot?

      • Posted by johnny hooper on March 30, 2011 at 6:30 am

        Basic math? Try graduating high school with all your college math done. MacKay Dunn has an older brother that played on that team, his family housed one of these black football players, a black player from a rough part of california. Would you do that Mr/Ms. Huh? Pretty sure MacKay was in that household when this took place. 2+2=4 i know basic math :) MacKay has many black and polynesians in his corner, convince them he’s racist. It’s great when people try to stray from the real issue . . . basic math? racism? you make me giggle :)

      • Posted by Kyle Day on March 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

        Seriously Johnny Hooper, hosting a team of black football players over the weekend does not then exempt all Alta football kids from racism for the rest of their lives. Just like the actions by one kid do not make all football players racist. But don’t be fooled into thinking that one act of decency exempts all those involved from ever doing something racist.

      • Posted by johnny hooper on March 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm

        And I understand that. It does not exempt them from racism for the rest of their lives, nor does ONE stupid ignorant racist act make this kid a racist for the rest of his life as many people are now going to perceive him. He’s a good kid who did something really stupid

      • Posted by Bill on April 1, 2011 at 9:15 pm

        I don’t think that anyone is seriously trying to say that every kid at Alta is a racist. But the comments on this thread alone indicate that there are many, many students at your school who neither understand (1.) what constitutes a joke, or (2.) spelling and grammar.

        This is one of the most hate filled threads I’ve ever read. You seem like a young man who is not racist and I’m sure the families who hosted kids from Grant are not racists. What I think many are having a hard time comprehending, is why some of you don’t drop a set and call out the hate filled in your community. Because, believe me–I’ve read these posts and even discounting the trollage–your school has some problems.

  10. Posted by concerned on March 19, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    YOU NEED TO REPORT THIS TO AUTHORITIES. Or at least the regional newspaper.

    Dont listen to the kids who post here claiming that its just a joke. Especially the guys claiming to be nonwhite. This board is anonymous, you can claim to be anything. Odds are, they want to keep this secret, but it will only remain AND GET WORST until you expose it.

    Trust me, it starts with “KKK jokes” and black face, and if it continues, the kids get braver and before you know it, hate crimes and attacks on nonwhite students (Ive seen it before…in every case the kids and teacher swear *it was just pranks*…when you complain about it they will blame you, the biracial minority).

    REPORT IT. I am posting a email to the newspaper for the larger city that came up in google with your high school. I HIGHLY recommend emailing them about it, before it gets worst.

    news@sltrib.com

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    • Posted by Dj on March 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      FUCK OFF!

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    • Posted by bro on March 23, 2011 at 3:02 am

      Hey keep your mouth shut and check yoself fool. Keep out of our high schools business.

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    • Posted by Ian Bergman on March 25, 2011 at 4:37 am

      “I looked up the major city where your highschool is located” What are you doing Trolling on our business? Where are you from? I spent three years at Ala High and i remember clearly that during our Boys vs. Girls assembly all the guys were screaming “Smells Like Fish!” at the top of their lungs. I was one of them. Does that make me a Sexist? Should i get reported to the media for what i said? Should i be made a national example and expelled from school for my inappropriate behavior? My brother goes to this school and told me what happened before it had media attention. He is a junior at Alta High and has played football with the ignorant student. He knows McKay meant nothing by it. The kid was supporting the Juniors. He definitely didnt think his actions through, but who are you to say that you were he perfect teenager and that you didnt make rash and thoughtless decisions? Dont make a national story out of a stupid mistake. Look Larz, i dont know you, im sure you know my brother. Im sorry to hear that it upset you so much. You shouldnt have to deal with that in a public “safe” , but you really took it too far. I know the principles and i know ha they would have made sure that the situation was well taken care of. Relax Bro, your 16 or 17 you have alot of life to live, dont let a stupid incident give you a bad outlook on the world.

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      • Posted by concerned on April 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm

        Listen “ian” “dj” and “bro”…RACISM IS EVERYONES BUSINESS. Turning a blind eye to the bigotry you seem to be defending is what allows it to happen.

        I HAVE NOTIFIED SEVERAL NEWS AGENCIES, and it looks like it was reported.

        Larz, remember, in an online message board, people can pretend to be ANYTHING. Of course these little racists will say they are black and ask you to keep quiet…but as yourself, what black person would ever “just keep quiet” about such things?

        It sounds to me like you are being threatened. This Bergman kid starts talking about “relax, you have a lot of life to live” = A threat to keep quiet or they will hurt you. It sounds like law enforcement (and hopefully the department of justice) has been notified.

        We are all praying for you, and praying that the administrators and racist children who are a threat here are apprehended and dealt with according to the law.

        Stay strong, AND NEVER STAY SILENT!

    • Posted by concerned on April 1, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      Also, it looks like this page has been pasted to a certain white supremacist websites regional section…hence the trolls here begging you not to say anything, and coming up with wild eyed excuses to say they arent racist (The funniest one Ive heard is “the school has black kids…since there are black kids in the school there cant be any racist there!”)

      Stay strong, WE ARE ALL BEHIND YOU! IGNORE THESE IGNORANT BIGOTED LITTLE BRATS! My parents had to live through what you are going through in the south. They were also told to stay silent. They did, and suffered greatly and regretted it to this day. You are a strong young man for standing up like this! Keep strong! AND IGNORE THESE RACIST LITTLE BRATS AND THEIR THREATS!

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  11. Posted by Anonymous on March 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    I would like to remain anonymous but I know Mackay very well and was there. Him and his meathead friends seriously get along with just about everyone if you actually talk to them. They’re not racist and they just do stupid things cause they are trying to entertain everyone. He shouldn’t have put the hat on but let’s get real Larz he ran in a circle then took it off, it was on for about 2 minutes tops – it wasn’t appropriate but what your saying isn’t either, especially when you know it’s not true. I mean dude one of his best buddies is black! If you have a problem with Mackay tell him, you know he feels bad that it offended you but why don’t you tell him instead of trying to cause drama and he will realize he hurt someone by trying to be funny and he’ll knock it off! Common you’re talking like an adult, why don’t you be one. 

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    • Posted by CKB on March 22, 2011 at 12:49 am

      Teenagers sometimes do stupid things, and when they do stupid things, sometimes they have to learn the hard way that it isn’t acceptable. Maybe this will wake up McKay.

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    • Posted by Barbara on March 22, 2011 at 2:10 am

      2 minutes is longer than I thought it was! Even 15 seconds would have been too long! I think the administration should require everyone at Alta to have a lesson on the kkk and watch some historical movies that display the ignorance that seems to be perpetuated through all of these comments… I truly believe that many at the school REALLY don’t get it! And that comes from ignorance.

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    • Posted by anonymous on March 22, 2011 at 4:22 am

      Why don’t you confront the boy himself, instead of try to blame the whole school and turn it into an issue about you? It wasn’t just you. You think it is.

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    • Posted by Laura on March 22, 2011 at 4:32 am

      I am appalled by your commit:

      “I would like to remain anonymous but I know Mackay very well and was there. Him and his meathead friends seriously get along with just about everyone if you actually talk to them. They’re not racist and they just do stupid things cause they are trying to entertain everyone. He shouldn’t have put the hat on but let’s get real Larz he ran in a circle then took it off, it was on for about 2 minutes tops – it wasn’t appropriate but what your saying isn’t either, especially when you know it’s not true. I mean dude one of his best buddies is black! If you have a problem with Mackay tell him, you know he feels bad that it offended you but why don’t you tell him instead of trying to cause drama and he will realize he hurt someone by trying to be funny and he’ll knock it off! Common you’re talking like an adult, why don’t you be one.”

      I do not know Mackay, but I do know that if someone does racist acts they are labeled a racist, that is exactly what he did. Larz is doing the right thing and handling this not only like an adult but like a mature adult, he is spreading the word of the kind of racism that so many people are still running into today. Just because Mackay has a black friend does not make him an anti-racist, he can still continue to oppress minorities in ways such as he has done. This is not a situation that needs to be handled between Larz and Mackay but instead a problem that needs to be approached by our society, racism is very much so alive in our world today. I recommend you do some research, Tim Wise was a great start for me.

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    • Posted by TayTayfreshman on March 22, 2011 at 5:52 am

      I strongly agree. I know Mac very well and sometimes he’s just an idiot who doesn’t understand anything.

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      • Posted by Anonymous on March 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm

        Then someone needs to sit him and his parents down and have them look through books and film of how that innocent hood has been used while doing horrible acts. In Utah I’ve learned people hear laugh hurtful things off and says its just a joke. What if someone ran around with a mask of their prophet on would that be funny? There needs to be more education about the past which is still present. It’s not funny. I hope he and everyone else will learn from this and think before being stupid. Racism and bigotry in Utah is Covert and is not a joking matter. Walk in someone else’s shoes.

    • Posted by jmenicucci on March 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      I commend the kid that reported the incident to the news. For those of you saying only one person was offended by this behavior is rediculious. I am the mother of a bi-racial child who attends alta high and have had to council her due to all the drama caused by these students. In my life I have learned if somone has to say they are not a racist to defend themself/actions they have a lot to learn. I understand kids make dumb choices at time but I am sickend to know other adults are making excuses for the behavior out of there own ignorance. Bulling is unacceptable in any form. My daughter has also informed me that student at alta are planning to egg this childs house for speaking up and that actual teachers in class rooms are saying he(Larz) took this to far!!!! The adults at this school need lead by example!

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      • The adults at this school are leading by example. It’s too bad it’s not such a good one on the part of some of the faculty. To say something like donning a white hood isn’t racist because it was a joke, is a serious misunderstanding of what racism actually is. That someone would think such a thing could be accepted as funny is highly revealing about their mindset. It inherently communicates an “I’m better/more important than those ‘little people’ I make fun of” attitude. It’s bullying, plain and simple, and it’s sad that some teachers and students don’t recognize it as such.

  12. Larz, You definitely should not have to tolerate racism in any form. Bigotry has survived because people cry it off as a joke. There’s nothing funny about it. I posted the link on my facebook page and support you taking action 100%.

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  13. Posted by TearsTheWingsOffAngels on March 20, 2011 at 12:47 am

    I’ve grown up in Utah, gone to school here. My kids went to school here. I know stuff like that can happen in school, even (especially?) in “nice” Utah. It is not OK.

    It is never a joke to refer to a time in our country when lynching was commonplace and non-whites could not feel safe in their persons from hateful and criminal behavior. It is never funny to tease or bully people.

    Alta High School officials need to do some house cleaning if this behavior is possible at their school. It is inexcusable.

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    • Posted by Anonymous on March 22, 2011 at 2:41 am

      i can see where you are coming from as far as not condoning hateful behavior, but there are questions you need to ask yourself.
      1. what was the intent?
      2. were you called out personally, or were you simply where the action was? were you the focus?
      3. what happened after? did other kids don masks, or make fun of your race in a similar manner without your prompting?
      There is another lesson to be learned here. Human history is an ugly history and its awfully depressing to think about. we may not be perfect, but sometimes the best way to deal with a past problem is to not give it its due.
      as a comparison, mobsters murdered people and distributed illegal alcohol, but people make comedies and dress up for halloween as them. What about the middle ages or wars in general? a mobster in this society simply doesn’t mean what it used to!
      as ironic as it is, i see innocent mistakes like this as a sign of healing for the problem. Nobody deals with the KKK enough to care when it shows up as an off-color joke. violent racism is so far in our past that we don’t need to suppress it as much as Larz would like. if you don’t want to make racist events like that affect you, turn the other cheek!

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      • Posted by Queen2U on March 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm

        You are a blithering idiot and should focus on something far more meanignful like peeling organges.

      • Posted by Marilee on March 31, 2011 at 12:54 am

        Only in Utah could you probably get away with dressing up as a KKK member for Halloween. Try doing that in Harlem.

      • Posted by cool on April 1, 2011 at 12:34 am

        Queen2U and Marilee chill out. First off nobody in utah dresses up as a KKK member for Halloween. The past is the past, if you want to live in the past good for you, as for me, I’m gonna live in the present, where those things aren’t nearly as prevalent as they used to be especially in the west. Where black comedians such as Dave Chappelle make jokes about his own race, shit the man’s racist go get him! Oh wait . . . he’s black. Nobody meant any harm, I understand Larz was offended and that’s his right, but he just as easily could’ve seen the other side of it and if he felt the need, which I assume he did, he could’ve talked to the student like a man instead of hiding behind the media and his parents. And to say he didn’t feel safe? Come on, seriously? The kid took the pillow case of immediately after Larz asked, but thats not what the blog said, no that wouldn’t make as good of a story. “…blatantly enforce hate their hate for others…” you’ve got to be shitting me. Nobody was blatantly enforcing their hate for anybody. Seriously, this story is ridiculous but none of you care to listen to other accounts of the story or even MacKay’s account. Why? Because that would make you too informed, ignorance is bliss so stay happy believing the one side of the story you have heard and don’t mind informing yourselves about what really happened.

  14. Posted by concerned parent on March 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    First I want to commend Larz for speaking up and expressing his feelings about this terrible situation. I am very proud of how you are handling this. For people who don’t know Larz personally, this is not a shy, timid, weak, overly sensitive kid. Larz is outspoken, popular, funny and strong. I’ve seen him wrestle and this is not someone you want to mess with! My point in including this information is that Larz is more than capable of ending a situation physically and the fact that he chose to deal with it in an adult manner is a great example to all.

    I would also like to address the people who are defending the student involved by saying he is not racist and was just trying to be funny. That may very well be the case. I don’t know the person and I am not in any position to judge whether he is a racist or not. However, his actions were racist. Pretending to be part of the KKK, even for a few seconds, is not funny. It isn’t funny even if there are no minorities present to witness it. It is a reminder of a horrible time in our country’s history that everyone should be ashamed of, regardless of race. Raising a hand to “heil Hitler” is just as offensive. The fact that people laughed or discounted these actions as a mere joke shows that we have not done a very good job teaching our children respect and tolerance. There is a reason that these types of actions are classified as “hate crimes.”

    Instead of defending this student, why didn’t more people step up and say, “Hey, that’s crossing a line! That’s not funny!” If this person’s friends had immediately spoken up and told him that his actions were wrong, the situation may not have escalated the way it has. This is typical of any bullying situation. Most people will just laugh and play along, even if they feel uncomfortable with what is happening. How many of the students who witnessed this felt uncomfortable, but said nothing? Do you wish now that you had spoken up?

    I understand the desire to defend your friends, and furthermore, to defend your school. I am sure Alta High School is filled with decent, tolerant kids who hate to see this type of thing associated with their school. But the damage has been done. It is time to turn this into a learning experience. Instead of trying to downplay what happened or make excuses for the person who did this, why don’t you speak up and let everyone know that this type of behavior is not acceptable at Alta? It is great to back up a friend, but a true friend is also able to tell you when you are wrong.

    I hope students at Alta are strong enough to condemn this behavior and support Larz for his decision to speak up.

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  15. Posted by anonymous on March 21, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Larz,
    I am sorry for what happened at the spirit bowl. I was very upset about it too. I am glad that you have the courage to stick up for what you believe in. What that boy did was wrong. But, you can’t make it seem like the entire school is a bad place. There was only a certain group of boys that thought it was funny. Alta high school really isn’t a bad school Larz. The majority of Alta High would take your side, so don’t make it seem like we are all racist..that is far from true.

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    • Posted by Dj on March 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      No your wrong everyone at alta high school hates you Larz.

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      • Posted by Queen2U on March 23, 2011 at 9:30 pm

        Dj is a tough guy…. over the internet….

      • Posted by rob on March 25, 2011 at 3:31 am

        nah there is quite a bit of racism at alta against blacks. its mostly ignorant remarks from meathead white kids though trying to be funny. very few at alta are actually racist, the rest is pure stupidity. idk what it was in the case of these two because i didnt witness it, but it seems like the kid was making a stupid joke, a very poor one at best. it wouldnt hurt to educate him or even the entire school on racism and so on. i dont see how you could argue against that. racism still exist today and being more informed on it is not a bad idea. yes it was blown out of proportion, but come on, the kid should have known better. i mean thats a really dumb move to make.

  16. Posted by Bready on March 21, 2011 at 4:08 am

    dont think this blog accurately portrays what went on. I was there and saw everything first hand. The Junior class was told to wear white to the assembly while the seniors were to wear black. The spirit bowl is not taken lightly at Alta. The student did not bring the mask to pick on the “minority”. He simply did it to poke fun at the seniors. When Larz saw the mask, he took matters into his own hands grabbing the mask and throwing it down. Many other black kids walked by the mask and laughed because of the nature, “poking fun at seniors”. The kid then ran around the court when the Juniors beat the Seniors in a game. THERE WAS NO RACIAL SLUR intended. Larz then takes things one step farther calling his dad, who by the way called the police… Is this a way to handle things in high school. I talked to the kid after, he felt bad, but did not mean to offend larz or anyone else. Just a simple joke. This is High School. Let kids be kids.

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    • Posted by anonymous on March 22, 2011 at 12:18 am

      How in the world is this making fun of the Seniors?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! it does not make ANY sense!!!!!!

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      • Posted by Annoymous on March 22, 2011 at 4:49 am

        Your explanation alone is biased. Let kids be kids… I understand if a black kid beat or bully another white kid, would that be okay. if this is not addressed properly, you are simply calling for mutiny. I want a peaceful Utah, so do it right

      • Posted by yourmother on March 22, 2011 at 5:42 am

        the colors of the seniors is black and juniors are white. stupid.

      • Posted by DoYouSee on March 31, 2011 at 4:08 am

        All of you defending the ‘joke’ how can you not see that it is offensive, no matter the race, because the kid was dressed up as a racist figure opposing the ‘black’ team? You keep saying he wasn’t trying to offend larz, but he was still offending anyone that gets the connection between wearing a KKK hood, pillowcase, hat, whatever you wanna call it to support the ‘white team’ AGAINST the ‘black team’. then to add racist gestures along with it, I agree that kids are stupid, but shouldn’t we stop making excuses, and start treating each other like human beings, not crayons. I am a utahn and can say that just being a little different, by not believing in their god, I am discriminated and hated against, I can only imagine how much more difficult day by day is for the human beings that look or openly act differently than the bland majority that exists here. Do not hate the kid for speaking up against something he felt wrong, you would do it. The story lines seem a little jumbled here, but the point is what really matters. BTW this school had this rep long before now, and you shouldn’t judge a whole school on some of these horrible comments or actions, but something is very wrong if this the way we are still living.

    • Posted by islandgirl on March 22, 2011 at 4:56 am

      it’s all fun and games until someone gets killed and then we run around to try and fix the problem but it’s too late….

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    • Posted by becca on March 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      This comment and others like it, are making me furious! Let kids be kids…so because one KID hurts another KID we should just let it go because they don’t know any better? Sorry but the reality is weather your a total idiot or not, there are consequences to your actions. His purpose for wearing the hood was to “poke fun” at the seniors wearing black, is this not just in its self racist? Poking fun at people in black with a KKK hood, really? I can’t believe the ignorance coming from so many of you kids! How can you defend any part of this obviously stupid kid? Many of you have commented that he is a druggie, and a Tool. How does this kind of person demand your respect or defense? I graduated from high school just a few years ago, and I have to tell you, there is nothing more disgusting than our generation! Sure there are some good kids, but sadly I think the spoiled, instant gratification, demand for attention kids out way the good. And the problems stem deeper, it all starts at home with a bad set of parents that yell at a teacher when the pot head gets a well deserved F, or when the mom and dad send him out the door with the cash he needs to get the pot, how about the kids with the new I Phone mom and dad bought, what about the teen pregnancy that somehow mom and dad are totally surprised about. Really? I don’t care what you say about his family and millions of others like it, if they were engaged, caring, and self respecting adults, they would have been involved enough to see what he left the house with and been prevent the incident, they are just as responsible for his actions (They probably don’t smell him smoking pot in the basement either right….). Ha this “Alta Mom” is the perfect example of what I am talking about….I would love to see what kind of a drain her kids are!! No wonder our society is filled with Pornography addicts, credit card debt, hate crimes, abuse, and high school dropouts. You kids and adults that are defending this behavior are a drain on our society! One last thing, for those of you who are offended at the blanket statement of Alta being racist…..welll….do something about it! Prove that your not, actions speak much louder than words!

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      • Posted by alta alumni on March 26, 2011 at 5:24 am

        You guys are taking this WAY out of proportion. Red, white, and black are alta’s school colors. The rivalry between juniors and seniors is part of alta’s tradition. If this were a different school where the colors were blue and green, no one would have thought this was racist. But the fact is, on spirit bowl day, EVERY junior wears white, and EVERY senior wears black. This isn’t some kind of racist show. This is alta’s school pride! So next time, don’t judge what happened when you don’t know anything about alta high!

  17. Posted by Alta Mom on March 21, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Having kids at Alta for the past 5 years, I am here to say there HAS NEVER BEEN RACIAL INCIDENTS. This sounds like stupid kids having fun and taking things too far. Lets all relax

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    • Posted by You Don't Know on March 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      Alta Mom,
      Obvisouly you have not been to Alta, (though your kids may have, you have not). There are always racial incidents and this incidents proves there ARE racial incidents at Alta. Many students use the N-word freely and other racial slurs. Stupid kids having fun has never been a good thing in our society. And everybody needs to relax? No, on the contrary everybody needs to be concered. As an Alta Mom (which I highly doubt you are by the way you are talking but none the less) you are not even worthy to call your self a mom. You are not standing up for what is wrong at your kids school. Instead of standing up you sit down, you are the reason our society is failing, you are the reason people are losing hope in America. Larz on the other hand is the courage we all need

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      • Posted by stupid on March 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm

        your so naive. it makes me laugh. i agree with the alta mom.
        i attended alta for 3 years. and have a little sister there now. i know what goes on. and YES EVERYONE IS TAKING THIS WAY TO FAR.
        there has been racial incidents at alta but honestly what work place, school, public area of any kind, doesnt have racism.
        so obviously you dont know what your talking about.

      • Posted by rdb on March 22, 2011 at 2:08 am

        im in larz class and he uses the n word all the time, and calls all the white kids crackers.

      • Posted by jmenicucci on March 22, 2011 at 9:58 pm

        You probably have no idea what is like to be a minority at a majority white school. Racism happens every day and in many forms and in every community. Im thankful for what Larz has done . Awarness is the firts step to change. I believe in most situations people dont know or even understand there own intent and play thing down by saying it was a joke. Hopfully this will be an eye opener for a lot of people.

      • Posted by ... on March 23, 2011 at 1:50 am

        @stupid– not EVERYONE is taking this to far… Mr. Cosby and his father are, contacting news authorities and writing a blog about it THE DAY of the incident, before the school administration had time to fully react to the situation. Mr. Cosby obviously has something against the school, as he is clearly bashing it and making it out to be a racist school in this blog, and now on the news(which skews every story far from it’s truth).

      • Posted by happy on March 30, 2011 at 6:43 am

        It’s totally fine for black people to call other black people the n-word but once a white person use’s it he’s racist? anybody ever heard of reverse-racism? ask attorney general eric holder, he knows what’s up hahahahaha if you don’t know who that is do your homework

      • Posted by JJ on April 1, 2011 at 6:13 am

        Now we have moms discriminating about how other moms feel? Really! Lets just see how easy it is to use these words- Discrimination, racism, prejudice, etc…. Almost anything said or done these days can be perceived as one of these.
        I am going to just say this is getting ridiculous. Lets handle the issue at hand and teach children what is right and wrong as we as parents see it and how the law may see it. Lets not judge- We don’t really even know the whole story. The news never gives the true story and we are hearing it through our childrens point of view.

    • Posted by Former Hawk on March 22, 2011 at 12:28 am

      I went to Alta and observed several “racial incidents.”. Just because your white kids did not tell you about them doesn’t mean they didn’t happen.

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    • Posted by JJ on March 22, 2011 at 12:50 am

      Alta Mom,

      You’re at best delusional but more likely just a troll. Alta was hell on earth for me (’96-’99). This may have been a stupid prank, but it is hurtful and needs to be addressed. Even if it was just one person it offended – that’s one too many.

      I commend Larz for speaking up; all too often, kids don’t. They don’t and pay for it in emotional torture. Give the kid the benefit of the doubt.

      JJ

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    • Posted by Janice on March 22, 2011 at 3:23 am

      Dear Alta Mom,

      You are completely ignorant. “Just relax!” Would that be your attitude if it were your child? If we continue to “just relax,” what happens next in our society? Go educate yourself and take a few parenting classes as well.

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      • Posted by yourmother on March 22, 2011 at 5:43 am

        cat fight!

      • Posted by Dj on March 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm

        You all need to calm the FUCK down.

      • Posted by Umm... on March 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm

        Dear Alta Mom,

        I couldn’t agree more! This is was taken WAY out of proportion. I am not full white and i am just fine at Alta.

        Dear ’96-’99 student,

        Just because Alta was hell for you doesn’t mean it is for everyone else. I’m sorry that you had such a negative experience there but not everyone does. And honestly it was probably partly your fault. What was your attitude in high school? Did you make the best out of what you had? Probably not…

    • Posted by Chase on March 22, 2011 at 5:27 am

      Dear Alta Mom,

      Guess what? In the world we live in… when someone wears a KKK hat and “hails Hitler” we call that a RACIAL INCIDENT. Welcome to Racism 101. We will be holding evening classes in room 102. You are welcomed to join free of charge!

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    • Posted by becca on March 22, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      Alta Mom, you are the type of parent that is responsible for this terrible generation X that is being produced right now….shame on you for defending this!! I bet you buy your kids pot, yell at their teachers when they get bad grades, and make their beds too!! Get some parenting classes, I am willing bet that your kids pull crap like this, and they seriously dont know any better because their mom supports them! Here is a hint for ya, try being a parent and not a friend, you might actually have a shot at producing contributing citizens instead of spoiled brat failures!!! I really feel like you should have to take an IQ test and pass a common sense quiz before you should be allowed to reproduce, parents like you are the reason I feel that way!!! WOW!!!!

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    • Posted by Bill on April 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Why do I get the sneaking suspicion that you are one of those moms who is never around except when it comes time to make excuses for your kid?

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  18. Posted by senior at alta on March 21, 2011 at 4:57 am

    The real fact of the matter is: first, if you would go up to him personally and talk to him and tell him it hurt you than i garuntee that he would realize how serious it is and he-along with a lot of kids that will follow him-will stop with the ‘racism’. second, you are taking this toward yourself when it was directed only to the senior section and thats why he ran at our section. third, if you take this to the news and they show his picture and name that could put him in serious danger, it was a stupid joke gone wrong by a kid trying to be funny, in my opinion he learned his lesson and this needs to just settle

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    • Posted by Anonymous on March 29, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      Yeah that probably would have been good to go to him and talk about it, but look at all the other racist comments that have come out of this. There are some serious problems with racism and it needs to stop.

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  19. Posted by senior at alta on March 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I personally know the person that was involved and have had the chance to speak with him since the incident. He feels terrible and had no idea that it would hurt someone like it did. He is already suspended for 3 days and after speaking with him multiple times about it, would do anything to take it back and do anything to make Larz feel comfortable again. I read these comments and see complete ignorance by so many people. Yes, albeit, what happened was extremely dumb, thoughtless, and did deserve a consequence. He truly learned his lesson, and I think that a 3 day suspension, all the negative publicity, and sites like this will haunt him enough to have not only him learn from his lesson, but also many others to come in the future. What was done was thoughtless, but I have known the boy who did this for over 14 years and he is in NO WAY a racist in any way shape or form. He has plenty of nonwhites in his extended family even, and what it comes down to is that he made a mistake. If Larz, his family, or any of these supporters are truly wanting to pursue this and continue to bring more consequences upon the boy, I ask what purpose would this serve? You are already making this into an ENORMOUS ordeal and have proven your point about how terrible demonstrations and jokes like this are. Enough awareness has been spread, the question is, do you really want to torment and pursue to indict a boy that made a mistake and is doing everything in his power to make it better. I agree it is not a laughing matter, but to say that Alta High School or even Utah in general contains a lot of racists is absolutely farfetched. In fact, if you really want to go into the details, there has been more acts of reverse racism demonstrated in Utah over the last ten years. I commend Larz for not violently retaliating and expressing how he felt to administration and on this page, but the point has been made and lets all move on from this experience peacefully and more educated.

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    • Posted by Barbara on March 22, 2011 at 1:40 am

      Senior,

      “Yes, albeit, what happened was extremely dumb, thoughtless, and did deserve a consequence. He truly learned his lesson…..I commend Larz for not violently retaliating and expressing how he felt to administration and on this page.”

      Those are interesting comments….

      What does “violently retaliating” mean? And why do you commend him for this? Is he normally violent? And what does he feel that you commend him for not saying it?

      To me, it conjures up a picture of someone who would feel comfortable wearing the white hood.

      I do not know him, and I do not know you. But, before you try and help a friend, be careful how you word things so it doesn’t make it worse.

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      • Posted by Annoymous on March 22, 2011 at 4:59 am

        I have lived in some other part of the world, but I feel racism more in Utah. If I am wrong let the government do the annoymous survey. You have to hear the cries of African Americans about racism in Utah. how can it be better when majority believe black people are cursed?

    • Posted by Srae on March 29, 2011 at 4:55 am

      I agree – I have known Mackay for many years, he made a wrong choice, got caught up in the moment, but he has apologized to Larz, and that needs to be the end of it. If you want to experience real discrimination Larz, come to the South where bi-racial and whites are still, in 2011, quite discriminated against. Mackay is a good young man as I am certain you are, too. This issue is bigger than Alta High School, and it is time for both of you to get on with the business of being high school students. Think hard about what you wrote and how ‘factual’ it truly is, and if the roles were reversed, how ‘accurate’ you would really want it to be. I know you want to be as fair and honest in your blogging as you should be, and know there were many students at the school that day, but Alta is a great school, we’ve had two kids already go through, and to twist it into being a racist school over an incident that has been completely blown out of context hardly seems fair or honest for anyone.

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    • Posted by Bill on April 1, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      to Senior–The comments on this thread are the real story. If you look at the papers, this has gone far beyond the punishment of one boneheaded student (McKay). And, like you–I hope he has learned his lesson and is able to move on. Larz wrote down his feelings in a blog. The responses to that are what have many Utahn’s (and–I’m certain, much of the nation) shaking their heads and wondering what kind of people would be so quick to condemn the blog writer and rush to the defense of the poor, innocent hood wearer. If there are strong kids, parents and teachers at Alta, I’ve seen little evidence of it. Instead on cringing in a corner, pleading to be left alone–stand up, drop a pair and tell your school that you won’t stand for it, much like Mr. Cosby and the group who reported the incident did. That would take much more courage than posting nasties on this comment section and many of you won’t have the stomach for it (courage is something that has to be taught by strong parents, after all)-but if a few of you can do it you might even be able to get some of the lemmings to follow along.
      But make no mistake–a lot of people are watching right now and Mr. Cosby is coming across as a much stronger and more courageous person than most who are posting on this thread now.

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    • Posted by FormerAlta on April 2, 2011 at 2:34 am

      Senior,

      If he is truly apologetic, then he needs to speak up against the students in his class that are being racist for the sake of hurt and pain. That will show the public that he is deeply regretful. He can make his mistake a gift.

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  20. Posted by senior at alta on March 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I can’t believe you are really going to try and take this to the news!? Last year at Alta HIgh School, I was confronted by a black kid dressed as Malcolm X telling everyone in our class that white people were a plague to the human race. No one called the news, was suspended, had blogsites made about it, or called Alta a racist school. I’m sorry for what happened to you, but you are completely twisting the story and making this something it was not. The fact that you are trying to take this to the news and destroy someones life shows what kind of person you are. Kids will be kids and he made a mistake and has suffered enough for his actions. He is not a racist, the school is not racist, and you are playing quite the martyr role. If this really is going to be made into a huge deal and you are going to try and sabotage the bright future of the boy who made the mistake, all I can say is be prepared for war. Plenty of people saw what happened, and this twisted blog you wrote does not even give any type of justice to what happened. Grow up and don’t take everything so personally. Quit playing race into what happened when a bunch of juniors were simply trying to punk the seniors. Get over yourself and realized what really happened, not what you wanted to make it appear like.

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    • Posted by Some Utahn on March 22, 2011 at 2:35 am

      You mentioned that you were “confronted by a black kid dressed as Malcolm X” who was “telling everyone in our class that white people were a plague to the human race”. Did you report this incident? If so, how were you received? I think an incident in any racial context should be taken care of immediately and professionally. I would strongly recommend reporting this and any issue regarding race, gender, religion, background or sexual orientation. If you are ignored, explore a different avenue to ensure you’re issue is taken care of properly, whether it’s higher up the ladder or up a different ladder, such as the media.

      As for “the bright future” of this student, it may be that Cosby is the one doing a favor of allowing this “bright future” to happen. God knows what would happen otherwise if this behavior was ignored or worse, accepted.

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    • Posted by Me/You on March 22, 2011 at 6:22 am

      First of all the student who attended school that day who had a Malcolm X costume on should have been reprimanded for the words he used if he did say them. I doubt very seriously he got up in front of students at a rally and acted as the clown this kid had done. If you understand history, Malcolm X was for all people including Caucasians after he learned what his religion stood for, not hate. It was the reason he died at the hands of someone who was black and part of a muslim group who stood for hate/retaliation and didn’t like the fact that Malcolm X stood for Love for everyone. Second, what about the black or multi racial students who were seniors and what they thought along with the rest of the classes. Look at what they will remember about their school from 2011. You turn the other cheek and this kid prankster will probably regret it 10 years from now after he becomes a man or maybe not. But until then he will laugh about it i can almost guarantee it. He will laugh about it with his friends through out college. As i said in and earlier post, the school and the parents of this kid needs to be educated on the history of people who emulated hitler and kkk. The problem with our society is that people today don’t want to talk about it publicly because of the embarrassment of what happened during slavery through out all the painful times in which slaves who wore shackles and were beaten to death or near death. Most african americans don’t know their ancestors place of origins even today. We sweep everything under the rug and our children in school don’t understand what actually happened. Somehow our schools aren’t teaching it either. If they did out of respect, they the few students wouldn’t pull off this classless act including the kid who wore the Malcolm X costume.

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    • Posted by Queen2U on March 23, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      Malcolm X did not hang people from trees, burn down homes, bomb churches with 4 little innocent girls, spit on, shove, shoot or maime white people or any other people for that matter. That is not true for the KKK.

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    • Posted by Kyle Day on March 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      Do you know anything about Malcolm X? If you have read a book or two and bothered to learn about Malcolm X, you would understand the circumstances that he lived in. Seriously people the more I read these comments the more embarrassed I am to be a white guy from Utah.

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    • Posted by Bill on April 1, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      Hmm, you tell him you are sorry about what happened to him and in the next few sentences you threaten him with “get ready for war?” Care to elaborate? Seriously-you should remove this post. It threatens and attempts to intimidate and you can’t do that. You aren’t invisible.

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  21. Posted by mike on March 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    dude your famous now everybody in class is talking about you!!! way to go—- ( interupted by classmate ) — Yea what that kid with the pillow sack on his head is an idiot but still, this is high school, stupid kids do stupid things, what he did was wrong but, he still is in the 6th grade( in his mind )– back to original guy (seriously) –> i almost totallu agrere with that even in high school racism is not cool. way to go with the peacefullness.

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  22. Posted by stupid on March 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    happily graduated from alta in 2010. alta is a great school, and EVERY school has its problems. not just this one.
    you all are just taking this way to far. its high school, i went to high school there and yes. people are rude. no one at the assembly except for larz was offended. like others said, other black kids were just like ahaha what ever.
    i think this is a cry for attention, and someone trying to take matters into there own hands.

    i love mckay he is a great friend of mine. there is no way he intended to hurt anyone specific or anyone at all.
    he already apologized to larz and had to face consequences for his actions.
    let kids be kids.
    and larz sorry you felt that way, but hell dont we all go through some kind a criticism and hate from people everyday? its human nature.
    your story is wrong, and i already spoke to the radio X96 earlier today when they were talking about the story. they know what really went on and that you are twisting things up.
    dont ruin someones life just for a freaking JOKE. grow up and move on with your life.

    it was a joke and if you take this to the news or post anything else about this ‘incident’ you have plenty of people who are on mckays side.
    yeah he was dumb but your lowering yourself with him if you attempt to do anything more.

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    • Posted by Jason on March 22, 2011 at 1:05 am

      I will also let everyone at X96 know what really happened also. It was sick what happened and what is being simpley brushed aside as a joke was a sick twisted ignorrant thing to do and anyone who condones this behavior is just as ignorrant.

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    • Posted by estee on March 22, 2011 at 4:01 am

      Sweetheart,

      I do not blame you for being the way you are. I simply feel horrible for you.
      First of all, you are… what? 18? You have a lot to learn in life.
      You probably have absolutely no exposure outside of Utah. Born and raised, I assume.
      With the kind of mentality you have, I highly suggest you stay within Utah.
      You will not survive out of this state.

      People who aren’t minorities should not even voice their opinion on this matter.
      What do you know about being a minority living in utah?
      If you haven’t experience any racism in your life, please… save your breath. Your opinion does not matter. You couldn’t possibly fathom what it is like to be a minority– especially in utah.

      Who are you to deny what this boy felt?
      I most likely wouldn’t have gotten offended from this particular issue, but alas, he did.

      There may be things that i will get offended when others don’t.
      That is what makes us all unique. we have different emotions.
      Some will be sensitive with racial topics then others. I will be more sensitive to rapist and pedophiles.

      Do you understand this concept, “stupid”?

      I surely hope you are attending college. It might brighten you up a bit.

      WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT. Don’t try to force what you would have felt and what you think onto this boy.
      thank heavens I don’t live in utah anymore. Living there just for college was more than enough.

      Larz,

      Chin up. You are not the only one. Be strong.

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      • Posted by Annoymous on March 22, 2011 at 5:07 am

        Do you know utahns do not always want to live,work etc in another state? Many of them can not survive!

      • Posted by Queen2U on March 23, 2011 at 9:41 pm

        The problem with Utah seems to be all of the inbreeding and cross breeding that goes on there. Perhaps the gene pool is too closely shared.

    • I listened to that call on X96 and in no way did they seem to agree with you, the caller. As a matter of fact, they seemed to be a bit disgusted by the behavior of the kid in the KKK mask and at the caller for trying to defend him. Good try, though.

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  23. Posted by Lisa on March 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Hi Larz, I’m a reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune, and I was hoping to talk to you and your parents to find out more about what happened. I can be reached at 801-xxx-xxxx.
    Thanks!
    Lisa Schencker

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  24. Posted by John on March 22, 2011 at 12:08 am

    I understand how someone might find something like this offensive. It is a part of our history as a nation that should not be forgotten. Unfortunately the tides are turning. The KKK while not the force they once were, have shifted power to the NAACP and the ACLU. I am not a hateful person but racism in all forms needs to halt. Affirmative action and policies like it need to stop as well. Telling someone they can’t do something because of the color of their skin is just like putting on a KKK hat. When colleges are forced to accept a percentage of students based on their race and not their academic achievements that is racism.

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  25. Posted by Jon Dough on March 22, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Get over it. The only offense was you assaulting another individual. The constitution guarantees freedom of expression and speech. This means you have to allow others this right. It does not make what another says or does decent but you need to be tougher and ignore it. You and people like yourself are the problem in this country. your weak and by this you think it’s alright to trample on another persons rights.

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    • Posted by Outsider on March 22, 2011 at 3:12 am

      The constitution guarantees freedom of expression and speech, but not hate speech or speech that incites violence. Everyone in this nation thinks they can say whatever they wish. Yes, you can say whatever you want, but it does not mean it’s protected by the constitution. Jon Dough, YOU are the problem in this country, and everyone like you, that does not take the time to actually learn about their rights, the constitution, supreme court decisions, etc. You’re weak, and if you think posting a blog and sticking up for it is trampling on another person’s rights, you obviously don’t know what your rights are.

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      • Posted by Jon Dough on March 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm

        Yes “hate speech” also is covered. It may not be tasteful but it is our right. “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”. Those that can’t take it need to crawl in a hole with your fingers in your ears and hide. I for one am tired of you wimps!

    • Posted by Outsider on March 23, 2011 at 3:55 am

      @Jon Dough-
      Oh really?
      First off, it was done in front of a captive audience (at school). Why don’t you check out the Supreme Court’s rulings on that issue:
      Breard v. City of Alexandria (1951)
      Cohen v. California (1971)
      Consolidated Edison Co. v. Public Service Commission (1980)
      Erznoznik v. City of Jacksonville (1975)
      Federal Communications Commission v. Pacifica (1978)
      Givhan v. Western Line Consolidated School District (1979)
      Hess v. Indiana (1973)
      Kunz v. New York (1951)
      Lehman v. City of Shaker Heights (1974)
      Ohralik v. Ohio State Bar Assn. (1978)
      Public Utilities Commission v. Pollak (1952)
      Rowan v. United States Post Office (1970)
      Also see rulings concerning Time, Place, and Manner.
      Back to my original point, fighting words are NOT protected. Don’t believe me? See Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire (1942). This is the primary statute.
      I’m not a wimp, I’m just educated. Know your rights.
      I highly doubt you’ll actually take the time to read up on any of those cases, but on the off chance that you do, here are more rulings from the Supreme Court regarding fighting words:
      Bachellar v. Maryland (1970)
      Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire (1942)
      City of Houston, Texas v. Hill (1987)
      Cohen v. California (1971)
      Edwards v. South Carolina (1963)
      Feiner v. New York (1951)
      Gooding v. Wilson (1972)
      Karlan v. City of Cincinnati (1974)
      Lewis v. City of New Orleans (1974)
      Lucas v. Arkansas (1974)
      R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul (1992)
      Terminiello v. Chicago (1949)
      In addition, this would probably fall under the issue of Viewpoint Discrimination. See Virginia v. Black (2003).
      I encourage you to take the time to read these before you post ridiculous comments.

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      • Posted by Bill on April 1, 2011 at 10:00 pm

        @johndough–after that post by outsider you must be doing a Homer Simpson and calling yourself John D’oh!
        You got schooled, my ignorant friend.

    • Posted by Queen2U on March 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      Your so-called right to free speech can never infringe upon my rights.

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  26. Posted by Kaycee on March 22, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Larz,

    You are absolutely in the right. Even if the joke was not meant to be at the expense of the minorities in the room it was inappropriate. The KKK is not funny, the Nazis were not funny and it disgraces the names of all of the people who lost their lives due to their actions to make a joke out of it. Keep sticking up for yourself, you are showing maturity far beyond your years.

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  27. Posted by Former Hawk on March 22, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I graduated from Alta nine years ago. The biggest problem with the school is the lack of diversity there. I grew up in Virginia where it was diverse, but moving to Alta right before my junior year blew my mind how “white” Alta really is. Those graduating from Alta, or any similarly “white” school will enter the world with a serious disadvantage not knowing people of other cultures and ethnicites other then white and Mormon.

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    • Posted by a ignorant student on March 23, 2011 at 3:49 am

      haha. white and mormon. you seriously had to mention mormons? you realize this is all about discrimination right? your’e an idiot.

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  28. Posted by Cindy Burningham on March 22, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Wow Ashley are you really that ignorant? You have made yourself look pretty foolish. All people should be equals. I don’t care what color, handicap or sexual orientation. Everyone deserves respect. Joke or not it was in very poor taste.

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  29. Posted by Chris on March 22, 2011 at 12:26 am

    The KKK was one of the most shameful organizations ever created. Hopefully this student will realize the shame he has brought upon himself and use it to become a better person.

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  30. Posted by Christina D on March 22, 2011 at 12:30 am

    I’m totally on Larz’ side on this one. This kid “McKay” was an idiot and being racist to be funny should be offensive to everyone. It’s offensive to me and I’m white! I should think that if a kid was running around pretending to be those boys who killed that gay kid many years ago that a lot more people would be upset. But because this is a “race” issue, people want to just say “Oh, you just gotta deal with it. It just happens”. No, you don’t need to just deal with it, you get it out there to authorities because it is hurtful and demeaning. Whether or not any other colored kids were offended doesn’t make it OK.

    Props to you, Larz. You did the right thing. People who act like bigots for the sake of laughs should be punished and made to realize that minorities of any kind are people with feelings too. Pretending to be someone who KILLED members of a minority group for kicks and giggles should raise hackles. Again, good on ya. I hope that jerk gets suspended.

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    • Posted by whatabunchofpussies on March 22, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      Its funny that people think this is racism. What law did he break? I think your all a bunch of whiny pussies!

      Larz, Im sorry you took offence, but man up. Your on a path thats going to make you cry racism every time something negative happens in your life.

      Its one thing to stand up for what you believe in, its another to conjure up a story so you can get hits on your blog….

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      • Posted by Ashamed Hawk on March 30, 2011 at 3:32 am

        What the hell is wrong with you, you unintelligent fool? Just because racism, homophobia, and injustice is EVERYWHERE means that we should all “man up” and ignore it? Or just take it? Just because it occurs EVERYWHERE does not justify it’s existence. I am astounded by all the people here who think we should all ignore the social injustices in our state (and our country) just because we hear it through practically every media outlet as well as just in our day-to-day interactions with other people. People are murdered, raped, and abused everyday EVERYWHERE, but does that mean when someone is raped or abused, they should just “man up”? You are an idiot. And your sexist derogatory comment further emphasizes my previous statement.

  31. Posted by Mars Bruno on March 22, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Would burning a cross in Larz yard be considered a joke as well? If you take the stance that McKay pulled a joke, do you then consider all racist comments/actions as jokes and shouldn’t be taken seriously?

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  32. Posted by Thunder on March 22, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I want to commend you on standing up to this. Joke or not, things like this SHOULD NOT be tolerated. If more students were like you, the world would be a better place. Thank you.

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  33. Posted by Melyssa on March 22, 2011 at 12:37 am

    I’ve been graduated from Alta for almost 8 years. My husband and I met in High School. He’s Asian and I’m white. We have two children now and they are also half. I think the reality in Utah is that there isn’t a lot of diversity in this State so people don’t really understand racism. I have people stare at me and husband and my children anywhere I go in this state. Utahan’s are not use to seeing many different races so they tend to be too light hearted about anything that has to do with race. I really don’t think people are necessarily racist I think they are ignorant and just plain stupid when it comes to race. They are close-minded and they tend to stereotype. I remember there were so many kids like that at Alta and it doesn’t surprise me that the neglectful administrators either didn’t see it or do anything it about it. They never did anything when I was there. And now that I’m older and have children I would never allow my children to set foot in that school. The people over that school have never done anything about these issues. I’m glad you’ve finally have spoken up. Its about time someone has and its really sad that its a student addressing the issue and not a teacher or school administrator. Students need to be taught in Utah that racism was really an issue. I think sometimes teens around here don’t realize that and thats why they think its funny because in their reality they think racism doesn’t exist. I’ve taken 5 years of psychology and physiology. So that kid at your school most likely isn’t racist he’s most likely ignorant and disrespectful and only cares about himself (which is usually the case with these type of individuals). And he will probably continue this way for the rest of his life until something happens and maybe now he’ll get it if administrators really do something about it. Which I doubt they will and I doubt they will continue to address these issues through out the rest of their careers.

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    • Posted by rob on March 25, 2011 at 3:56 am

      i couldnt agree more. what you said was absolute truth and they should educate the kids more on racism.

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  34. Posted by CKB on March 22, 2011 at 12:38 am

    You seem like a very intelligent individual, obviously more intelligent than the racist who did this, and obviously more intelligent than those who think dressing up like the KKK is a funny joke. It isn’t, it’s disgusting and disturbing. Unfortunately this behavior is learned in the home, and yes, many people in Utah are racist. I’m very glad that there are upstanding youth, such as yourself who are willing to stand up for what is right. Good for you, you have many people who are standing behind you!

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  35. Posted by Chad Dornon on March 22, 2011 at 12:39 am

    first i wanna say sorry that you had to go through this. What was done to you was not a joke not even close to being funny. if people would take the time to educate themselves about the cowards of the kkk and the things they did, they would understand how sick those people are. kudos to you for standing up for whats right, it takes a big man to do that. just know that there are alot of people who have your back on this..take care keep your head up.

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  36. Posted by the great one on March 22, 2011 at 12:39 am

    You are an idiot. Just because you don’t like the other guys kkk antics does not mean you have the right to violate his freedom of speech and guaranteed to him as all americans. So he is white and proud of it… and you are bi-racial and proud of it. So sit down and shut your ignorant mouth and express your pride for yourself and let others do the same. Stop being a jack ass.

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    • Posted by Former Hawk on March 22, 2011 at 1:28 am

      How is that he is trying to “violate his freedom of speech”? So does it mean that when you dress up as a member of the Kkk, you are demonstrating that you are a proud white? Maybe for “the great one” it does.

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    • Posted by Craig on March 22, 2011 at 1:43 am

      Haha the “great one” your a pure and true dumbass. I wonder if you would feel the same if your ancestors were murdered by the KKK. You are another person I wish was not included in the white race.

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    • Posted by Jennifer Mac on March 22, 2011 at 2:03 am

      Um… no, I am afraid you are wrong about the “Freedom of Speech” argument you so “eloquently” try to use. You should read up on the First Amendment and what qualifies as acceptable use of this “guarantee.” You are the ignorant one young man, and the jack a** here.

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      • Posted by Outsider on March 22, 2011 at 3:15 am

        Jennifer Mac is right. Not all speech is protected under the first amendment. People just try to use that as a cop-out, without actually knowing what is and isn’t guaranteed by the constitution.

  37. Posted by Clifton Taylor on March 22, 2011 at 12:47 am

    I am SO proud of you. I have been blessed to read this story and know that there are young people out there who will not tolerate this type of behavior. I admire you and respect you. I will support you in your cause and whatever else you do regarding this subject. Sometimes, people of a non-ethnic background do not understand. They think it is funny. But, what if their mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers were killed by people who exhibited this kind of behavior. I have read some of the other comments of people on here. It is sad and disgusting and insensitive that they respond the way they do. Do not listen to them. The last name of the author says it all…Stupid..Evil has a face and sometimes the most evil comes from people who do things “just for a freaking joke.” Racist behavior can not be tolerated whether it is a “joke” or not. Good work and God bless you in all you do my friend.

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  38. Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Sounds to me that the truth about what actually happened is coming out. We have another future Al Sharpton in the making folks. Racism in some form or another happens. Mostly as jokes these days from all races. Your gonna have a very depressing life if you like to draw attention to yourself and distort truth to make it sound truly racist even if just a joke which im sure youve made yourself. You are the racist here. Im so tired of people like you playing the victim like you have suffered slavery or true racism in your life. You are the reason people crack jokes about it. Because the whole thing is stupid and you know it.

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  39. Posted by Lisa on March 22, 2011 at 12:50 am

    I shouldn’t be so surprised to see people not only defending the dumb kid for his stupid “joke,” but also attacking Larz for expressing his justifiable anger and hurt.

    But I am. Still. Utah–how can you STILL continue to be so insulated?

    Why didn’t the student wear white temple clothes, if he wanted to make a “joke”? Or just something THAT ISN’T OFFENSIVE???

    Larz, I’m sorry. I can’t apologize for other people, but I can be sorry that you were mistreated, and I can be sorry that in two-thousand-freaking-eleven people are still saying “nobody meant it to be racist” when clearly it was racist! I know you’ll learn a lot from this experience, but I’m sorry you have to.

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    • Posted by Former Hawk on March 22, 2011 at 1:35 am

      Valid point. If this same student were to walk around Alta in temple clothes there would be a massive uproar. Instead, he wears clothes representing hate and discrimination and people laugh it off.

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  40. Posted by Ryan Schooley on March 22, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Wow. I can’t believe what I am reading. Not so much what went on, but how people are defending this kids actions with phrases like “It’ just high school,” or “Relax” or “He just did this to be funny, he’s not racist.” Parents even feel this way too?!?! Really?!?! Are you kidding me?!?!
    This isn’t about hating black people at all. (btw I am white) I am sure you are right that whoever did this doesn’t hate black people. This is about knowing that there are certain things you don’t joke about. It’s about having respect for atrocities that have happened to others and not making light of them. I mean you wouldn’t dress up as the twin towers for halloween would you? Have your friend dress up like an airplane? Why, because it is simply wrong. People died and it was terrible. The KKK tortured, raped, and killed black people simply because they were black. This is not fodder for good comedy. It’s ignorance, plain and simple. Narrow-minded, disrespectful, and stupid.
    Now be that as it may, I am shocked that people here don’t see it this way. I grew up in CA. and moved here a year ago and yes a lot of crap happens in high school. Bullies, etc. Things that are very wrong. But I never encountered anything like this. I was taught from a young age that there is absolutely nothing funny about a group that hates, murders and rapes another group. You would think that Utah, with it’s mormon heritage of being persecuted, would appreciate that a little better.
    As for the guy who did this, he reportedly feels very bad about it and I understand. I did stupid things in High School too. I forgive him. I think its great that he learned his lesson. I just am shocked that so many others haven’t learned theirs… Especially parents!

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    • Posted by Barbara on March 23, 2011 at 3:49 am

      Very well said!

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    • Posted by Ashamed Former Hawk on March 30, 2011 at 3:47 am

      I went grew up in California and attended high school in both California and Utah and I must say, the difference is astonishing. Diversity is everywhere in California and growing up with it, it’s ingrained at a young age that racism is very, very wrong. At Alta, punks just deck out racist and homophobic slurs and laugh their asses off at it. It’s not funny. It’s just hurtful. While they may not have had malicious intent (though I’m sure a handful did because some would mock their target after saying hateful things) it’s still wrong. You shouldn’t say anything of that sort, not even as a joke.

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  41. Posted by gobacho chacho on March 22, 2011 at 12:52 am

    just saw this on ksl and saw the link. sounds like a bunch of tricksters trying to be funny. But in reality it is justa joke. Not a funny one and quite retarded but still just a joke. Truth is white ppl undergo racism too its just not pointed out cause mainstream society wont admit it. I just moved to utah and there is an asinine amount of latinos here. I feel like a minority in my own country. Do i complain? naw i just have to accept the fact im white and proud of it. Doesnt mean im racist. Im sure your proud to be black/hispanic but that doesnt make you racist right? its high school bra- everyone just wants to be noticed and get attention. Idda been pissed too but i wouldnt have been a lil bitch bout it. Where im from you through down and put em in their spot, not go tattle on em. ,

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    • Posted by Former Hawk on March 22, 2011 at 1:54 am

      You sound tough! Where are you from, Provo?

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      • Posted by Jimmy on March 23, 2011 at 3:01 am

        He didn’t ‘tattle,’ he felt very offended and asked for support and help-

    • Posted by Ashamed Former Hawk on March 30, 2011 at 3:51 am

      “Minority in my own country”? Unless you’re Native American, this is not “your” country. Neither is it the “Latino”s country, but you have no right to single them out like that and act as if they are invading a country that isn’t even yours.

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  42. Posted by Unknown on March 22, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Haha I love how so many people are so in to this! It’s ridiculous how this has been blown so out of proportion! There isn’t real racism at Alta High. I hear the N-Word daily while at school and it is always coming out of the mouth of one of the black kids at our school. I’m getting really sick and tired of some black people (pointing out that this is not all black people only a select few) getting all upset about light hearted banter when they belittle themselves by using the N-Word and are equally light heartedly racist towards whites. We don’t take offense because we know that they are only joking, as were these kids at the spirit bowl. The things that happened in our country between the races are in the past. Are there still racists? Yes. But this is not happening at Alta High. There is no hatred between races. There is mutual friendship. The football team is not all bad either. Most black kids at Alta are on the football team and there is a great love for everyone, regardless of race, on this team.
    C’mon people, let’s put this behind us.

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    • Posted by anonymous... on March 22, 2011 at 4:29 am

      REALLY??? you mention the FOOTBALL TEAM! oh my goodness! Larz i am so sorry for the dumb-asses that can’t seem to realize that this has NOTHING to do with us as a school, this has everything to do with the person that cannot realize the hurt that he caused you. unknown, we are not brought together because of our football team, we are brought together by a lot more than that. i cannot believe that you would actually say that there isn’t racism at that school, do me a favor, walk around in the halls, and then tell me there isn’t racism…it almost sounds like you are trying to sell us a brand. ALTA HIGH FOOTBALL, GET IT WHILE IT’S STILL HOT! no. we are not just a football team, we are a group of academically, artistically, and musically inclined students. not just a whole school of meat-heads that walk around with jersey’s on our backs

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  43. Posted by Karen on March 22, 2011 at 12:55 am

    I know how you feel, and im glad you stood up, not alot of people do that! and yeah racism is everywhere in every age its sad because thats how they grow up and they are just ignorants but i guess their parents cant teach them good, in the long run they will be worth less than you! :)

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  44. Posted by Shockn'awe on March 22, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Larz, you are a brave and upstanding man with above-average decency and morals. I applaud you, as a parent of a child your age, for coming forward with this difficult matter.

    I cannot believe that any of the teachers, administrators or anyone with any kind of common sense would have condoned this behavior. Any student who exhibits this kind of behavior deserves to be suspended and/or expelled for such an act of stupidity and blatant disregard for a fellow student(s).

    Shall we have a history lesson here?

    The holocaust was NOT a joke! Millions of innocent Jews died at the hands of the Nazi regime and Hitler’s reign of terror. Any reference to a Nazi salute is a reminder of one of the darkest eras of history, let alone anti-semitic behaviors by students who are only “joking,” need to be reminded of this lesson over and over again.

    Oh yes, the KKK. People have died at the hands of hoodlums who have tarred, feathers, and whipped individuals trying to live their lives in freedom. Unfortunately, a few white racists have made it difficult for some to move forward. The very idea of wearing a white KKK-like hood is nothing more than a play of white supremacy and racism in its purest form, and I am appalled that it has to happen in any form, let alone happen in one of our schools by students who are old enough to know better.

    I’m all for freedom of speech whether it is verbal or symbolic. But, when it shocks the senses, blatantly lacks common sense and decency, requires a serious review by the school district’s administration, and the perpetrators of this unfortunate event should be disciplined accordingly. I certainly hope my student wasn’t involved in this matter. If they were, I can guarantee they will face a more difficult punishment than the district will ever enforce.

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    • Posted by Scooter on March 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      FUCK YOU. shut up.

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      • Posted by Stephanie on March 22, 2011 at 3:57 pm

        Wow. You really pulled out the dictionary for that response. Hopefully you’ve learned more words than that in your years of life.

      • Posted by Areyoukiddingme? on March 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm

        @Scooter That was a very unintelligent response if that’s all you could come up with when replying to the poster of this comment. Cussing is definitely a case of a the feeble-minded person trying to express themselves.

      • Posted by Scooter on March 22, 2011 at 8:20 pm

        I had all the time in the world to come up with a response, I just decided to put it in words your simple mind would understand. Seeing as you are willing to believe anything you see on the news. Would it be an interesting story if they had told the truth? No. so… FUCK YOU. shut up. Pussy.

      • Posted by Jimmy on March 23, 2011 at 3:03 am

        Real intelligent-no wonder you suppport this behavior

  45. Posted by Ken on March 22, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Good for you. I went to Alta a long time ago. At that time, racism shrouded in humor wasn’t part of the culture. There either was or wasn’t racism. I think humorous racism is as abhorrent as blatant racism. Worse in some cases because it seeks to cloak itself. I don’t agree with over political correctness either. Mostly people need to be sensitive to others and avoid actions or words that can cause pain.

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  46. Posted by Anon on March 22, 2011 at 1:09 am

    I grew up in Utah. I’m 33 years old and have african american and mexican friends and they have never experienced rasism so everyone that is poking at Utah as a whole- knock it off.

    I think this kid ‘McKay’ was VERY much in the wrong. I dont care how sweet or nice he is to any other kid at that school- pretending to be a part of the KKK is NOT funny in any way at all! I dont find it laughable or something you can just wave off as a joke from a nice kid. I’m sorry but this is not nice. He may not be rasist but he sure did support people who are with his ‘joke’- as did all his friends who laughed at him, as well as others who saw and did NOTHING.

    WHY DIDNT SOMEONE DO SOMETHING? WHY DID A TEACHER OR STUDENT NOT STOP HIM?!!!

    My heart goes out to all those who have been bullied. Students- PLEASE step out of your comfort zone and protect the feelings of others no matter how ‘nice’ the person may be on a day to day basis. STEP UP!!!!!!!

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    • Posted by Anonymous on March 22, 2011 at 1:39 am

      That’s the problem in Utah, administrators do nothing in the schools. They are to concerned about being nice and have no backbone.

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    • Posted by Ashamed Former Hawk on March 30, 2011 at 3:59 am

      Just because you (one person) with your set number of ethnically diverse friends didn’t experience racism, does not mean it doesn’t exist. Have you personally known someone who was raped or experienced rape yourself? I’m pretty sure you haven’t. But does that mean it doesn’t exist? No. It definitely exists.

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  47. Posted by Wyatt Powers on March 22, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Quit your whining and moaning. You people always have to claim racism in humor and everyone always has to denounce it and prove they aren’t racist, yet you can go around and claim anyone who is white is racist because they looked at you wrong or whatever. If you can’t take a non-serious spiel like that and just laugh it off then you obviously have issues. On another note, why does “the holocaust” always get dragged into a race issue?

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    • Posted by Anonymous on March 22, 2011 at 1:38 am

      It is inappropriate for you to comment on something you have never felt or experience yourself.

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    • Posted by Craig on March 22, 2011 at 1:39 am

      Did you know it’s 2011? I especially love the use of “you people” in your comment,…real intelligent. So I guess every white person is the same and every black person is the same etc… Anyway look wrong is wrong.
      It is a sensitive issue to African American’s and that should be respected.
      Do you even know why it is sensitive? Maybe you should actually educate yourself and read some history dumbass. You give us white folk a bad name.

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      • Posted by Wyatt Powers on March 22, 2011 at 2:16 am

        You are racist to assume that I am white in the first place. You “people” refers to his race-mixed kind. Was he a slave?

    • Posted by Former Hawk on March 22, 2011 at 1:46 am

      Because white supremacists generally are neo-Nazis as well.

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    • Posted by Barbara on March 22, 2011 at 1:48 am

      Your post confirms to me the need for many to have a history lesson. What does “you people” mean? And are you serious about not understanding that more than 6 million Jewish people were exterminated during the holocaust? Only about 18,000 people so far have been confirmed missing or dead in Japan’s tragedy recently…can you contemplate 6 million?

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    • Posted by Stephanie on March 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      “You people always have to claim racism in humor and everyone always has to denounce it and prove they aren’t racist, yet you can go around and claim anyone who is white is racist because they looked at you wrong or whatever.”

      “You people”? Wow. That’s pretty telling. I am as white as they come, and I do believe that he wasn’t complaining about people looking at him wrong. It was an obvious racist act that was unprovoked and uncalled for. Unless by “or whatever” means putting on a KKK cap and acting like a racist idiot.

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  48. Posted by Stacy on March 22, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Oh my word- this is shocking to hear. I can’t believe the administration did NOTHING. It’s completely inappropriate. I don’t care if it was a “joke”, it’s not funny. I can’t help but think of the millions of Jews who were murdered and the thousands of African Americans lynched. It’s not funny. I’m so proud you actually did something and said something. Hopefully the administration will wake up.

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  49. Posted by cdat on March 22, 2011 at 1:20 am

    The school administrators should have taken care of this. I praise your strenght for calling attention to this very serious problem.
    I am outraged to think about the small minder, back woods mentality of some people. Manners Matter! Everyone knows this is wrong to do. Dont let it be taken as a joke, it is not funny. I am so sorry to have had this happen to anyone so young. Be strong.

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  50. Posted by Ammon on March 22, 2011 at 1:31 am

    I am bi-racial and I also am sick of this type of so-called humor…it has no place in civilized society. This kid must be a total idiot who did it and the Alta faculty is even worse in my opinion. Would the students and faculty be laughing or allow something that was sacred or sensitive to the Mormon community like dressing up like the mob that killed Joseph Smith? Of course not. Well it is no different for African Americans. Thousands of black people and families were murdered by the KKK….yeah real funny. Alta faculty needs a serious enema.

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  51. Posted by Private Joker on March 22, 2011 at 1:34 am

    It’s Utah, what the fuck do you expect?

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  52. Posted by Anonymous on March 22, 2011 at 1:37 am

    I am grateful to see a young man stand up for the right. I moved to Utah recently from another state and am bi-racial myself. Unfortunately, I have found bigotry and ignorance among a lot of people. Something that has surprised, shocked, and disappointed me tremendously, especially since I moved here due to my religion.

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  53. Posted by aliamanaia on March 22, 2011 at 1:39 am

    I was wondering if this Mckay kid even understands fully why what he did can be so hurtful. It is one thing if he did it with only the intent to make people laugh, and another if he did it specifically to demean colored people. Mckay may not understand the magnitude of racism the KKK symbolizes. I am just saying he is many generations removed from it and may have only gotten the watered down understanding of it all.
    Now I am not standing up for Mckay, I am just wondering if Larz knows for sure Mckay’s intentions for doing what he did.
    Speaking as a minority, I know without thinking why racial comments hurt me. After all, I have to deal with it day in and day out living in a white community. However, when a little kid says or does something that can be discriminating to me it is not as offensive as it would be if an adult did, because it is most likely real “hate”.
    What Mckay did was stupid, and I don’t condone it, but he is not a criminal for doing it. He is just inconsiderate and immature.
    Larz I am glad you are standing up for yourself, but if you don’t know what his real intentions were you too are being ignorant. We all know racism isn’t gone, especially not from Utah, but if your goal is to vanquish it, creating more division isn’t the solution. Ask yourself, is what you are doing going to create contention, or is it going to create more love and understanding? Are you turning people off, and putting them on the defense?
    I know from experience. You can change and influence more people by showering them with love and understanding than anything else. WWJD bro.

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    • Posted by Huh? on March 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      Let me get this straight, its ok to wear a KKK mask and taunt an African American to their face as long as you claim to be either “Just joking” or simply “Stupid”?? And if the intent of the racism was humor, that’s ok? WWJD?? I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t do what Mackay did!!! There is no excuse or “intention” that makes it ok, period!!

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      • Posted by aliamanaia on March 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm

        I am sorry if I offended anyone. I am trying to encourage everyone to consider an objective view on this. Racism is never okay. I am just saying that the degree of the offense depends greatly on the true intent of the person. This type of talk is a sensitive topic for everyone. What this kid did was wrong, and very stupid, and I think that the punishment fits for the most part (and I say this not knowing what else was handed to him). What I am talking about is how some of us in the ‘offended party’ is handling it. Some of these comments are showing hate towards the offender, and the school/community even. They are fighting fire with fire. That is what I am saying will only cause division. If your goal is to create peace then educating them is one way to do it, but know that just because you are the one educating it doesn’t mean you know it all too. You better go into it willing to learn as well and willing to make adjustments too.
        As for what Mckay did. These are the consequences of his actions, but now if the offended party can keep their goal in mind, and not let their egos and own feelings get in the way there will be peace out of this. I wasn’t saying that what Larz did was wrong, I am advising him to be careful as he goes forward with this. Think things through. As long as what you are doing is to eventually bring greater peace I am 100% behind you. When this becomes about getting even and showing the world not to mess with you ever again then that is just wrong. Stay focused.

      • Posted by Huh? on March 31, 2011 at 2:49 am

        Aliamanaia, you are right!! I apologize for mis-interpreting your post! You are clearly intelligent and well meaning. We could all learn from you :)

  54. Posted by you know who :) on March 22, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Wow some of these comments are ridiculous. Are you kidding me? Racism should never be taken lightly. It doesn’t matter if it offends one person or five hundred. Yes, he may have meant it as a joke or whatever, but there are PLENTY of alternate ways to be humorous at a spirit bowl.

    I don’t, in any way, think that it was bad the way you handled it, Larz. Good for you. :)

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  55. Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 1:45 am

    I grew up back east. Worked in Washington D.C. mostly with blacks. I am white myself. We poked racial jokes at each other all day at work but it was all ok at the end of the day because we all understood it was playing around. This whole thing has been blown so out of proportion it makes me sick. I cant even believe this made any part of the news. From reading responses from kids that were actually there at the time it sounds to me that this (stupid joke) was not directed at this boy Larz personally but towards the kids wearing all black at this rally. Stupid. A racial statement yes but meant as a harmless joke. From what ive read Larz has been a bully himself at this school. Hes no saint. The only racism i have seen is from racial jokes. As a child my family lived in an all black neighborhood. I had dirt shoved in my mouth by older black children and they called my mother a white ape. THAT’S racism!!! This story is so ridiculous. You Larz are going to have a very hard life. People here call you strong? You are weak and a tattle tail looking for attention. Maybe we can call in the REV Jesse Jackson so he can weigh in. These types of people and the organizations like the NAACP are the true racists in this country that create situations so they can have jobs. What if there were a NAAWP?? What then? Wouldn’t society deem an organization with that name racist? Why the double standard? Im sick of the race card being thrown around so easily and the media just eats it up. Its so bad my first comment wasnt approved by the moderator on here because apparently i must be a racist because of my opinions. I have many black friends who i love and respect. Larz i feel sorry for people like you. I see no courage or honor in what you are doing.

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  56. Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 1:46 am

    I grew up back east. Worked in Washington D.C. mostly with blacks. I am white myself. We poked racial jokes at each other all day at work but it was all ok at the end of the day because we all understood it was playing around. This whole thing has been blown so out of proportion it makes me sick. I cant even believe this made any part of the news. From reading responses from kids that were actually there at the time it sounds to me that this (stupid joke) was not directed at this boy Larz personally but towards the kids wearing all black at this rally. Stupid. A racial statement yes but meant as a harmless joke. From what ive read Larz has been a bully himself at this school. Hes no saint. The only racism i have seen is from racial jokes. As a child my family lived in an all black neighborhood. I had dirt shoved in my mouth by older black children and they called my mother a white ape. THAT’S racism!!! This story is so ridiculous. You Larz are going to have a very hard life. People here call you strong? You are weak and a tattle tail looking for attention. Maybe we can call in the REV Jesse Jackson so he can weigh in. These types of people and the organizations like the NAACP are the true racists in this country that create situations so they can have jobs. What if there were a NAAWP?? What then? Wouldn’t society deem an organization with that name racist? Why the double standard? Im sick of the race card being thrown around so easily and the media just eats it up. Its so bad my first comment wasnt approved by the moderator on here because apparently i must be a racist because of my opinions. I have many black friends who i love and respect. Larz i feel sorry for people like you. I see no courage or honor in what you are doing. !

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    • Posted by Barbara on March 22, 2011 at 2:02 am

      This is one of the points Lars is trying to bring to people’s attention….. racism isn’t funny.. no matter if it was MEANT as a harmless joke. I am more appalled at the posts here than I am at the incident because Lars has confirmed some very deep racial feelings that people are expressing. I wonder if your black friends would find it funny if you went around them and their families with a kkk outfit…. maybe they would respect you enough not to say anything. I know I would feel outrage if someone wore temple garments/clothing that holds deep meaning for me around and poked fun… I see a lot of courage and honor in what he is doing. These posts confirm that racism is strong more than the incident did. The fact that everyone keeps calling it a harmless joke tells me they really don’t have a clue. Lars is trying to educate you. I grew up outside of Utah and I called attention to racial jokes when white lds people made these “harmless jokes.” (BTW, I am white LDS) It ISN’T funny and it ISN’T harmless… And I have also felt racial remarks my way… it isn’t right no matter what your color or race.

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      • Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 2:25 am

        Ok part of societies problems on racism today stem from overly sensitive people blowing things so far out of proportion to get attention. I am not supporting what this kid has done. Wearing a KKK outfit was at the very least stupid. But then you have another kid who calls his father who then calls the police? Really? Was someone in danger? Now the kid who did this ought to be suspended, no question. But on the other hand in my experience all races poke racial jokes at the other. The problem with a very select few keeps the true racial problems alive. etc.. NAACP, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and a few numb skulls who want to make a statement. Im tired of it. We are not living in a time of slavery in this country. There is not a single black person living today that can say he has ever been a slave yet there are organizations who keep this mentality alive so they can have a job and there are people like Larz who could have just reported this to his school and im sure it would have been properly handled. Instead it gets broadcated over the media and defames the entire school and its administration as racist. Thats what keeps racism alive today. Get over it. Grow up. BTW im also LDS and if someone pranced around in temple garments i would have just knocked them out and that would have been the end of it. Not run to the media.

      • Posted by Rachelle on March 22, 2011 at 4:40 am

        Joe….

        You have proven why a high school student can act more mature than an adult. He handled this in a non violent/mature fashion. You would have just “knocked them out and that would have been the end of it” No that would not have been the end of it because your dumb ass would have ended up in jail for assult. Get a clue

      • Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 4:56 am

        Let me rephrase this for you Rachelle. My point is i wouldnt have run to the media with it. I would have confronted the boy first. Let him know my objections and if it then continued would have taken it to school officials. I wouldnt have called the police. Again was he in danger. It wasnt even directed at him. The police should file charges against the boy for wasting their time and i certainly would not have called the media. Get a clue? Really? Mature? Please.

      • Posted by joes a homo on March 22, 2011 at 6:47 am

        joe, are you kidding me right now. After reading your first post I quickly came to the conclusion that you grew up in Utah your whole life and have no idea about racism that takes place today. Your from Utah and you could probably count the number of black kids in your high school on one had. When you stop being ignorant and actually learn about whats going on in the US you will find out that rasicm, while it has toned down it is still alive

      • Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

        If you had read any of my other posts you jack ass you would know that i grew up in one of the most black areas of the U.S. It is you that needs to get a damn clue about what you are talking about. I grew up in Washington D.C. you fool. Worked with mostly black people my whole working career until moving to Utah about 5 years ago. Where the hell are you from? Rasicm is kept alive by bumbling idiots like yourself who like to cause scenes everywhere you go. Go save a fucking whale you baby butcher.

      • Posted by Jimmy on March 23, 2011 at 3:14 am

        If you think slavery no longer exists in this country, you are poorly misinformed-

      • Posted by joe on March 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm

        Jimmy why dont you inform me. If slavery exists its on the black market. (No pun intended)Tell me where it legally exists here genius.

    • Posted by urallcraz on March 24, 2011 at 1:45 am

      Boy, Joe… hope you aren’t taking sacrament on sunday with that potty mouth… please, say NO more on behalf of Utahns or Mormons. Also, just because you were raised in a BLACK community doesn’t exclude you from being a BIGOT.
      For the record: A man brutally murdered his wife and children to “SAVE” them from this wicked and hurtful world.
      Were his actions justified because his INTENTIONS were pure?
      As the old saying goes, “the road to HELL is paved with GOOD INTENTIONS.”
      At the very least the young hooded man will learn a very important lesson – We pay for our ACTIONS not our INTENTIONS.
      …AND this is Larz’s Blog spot…LOL! to each and everyone who thinks he is stupid for going to the MEDIA… With EVERY RESPONSE YOU are promoting his story and he is one step closer to exposing this issue in the NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT! Comment on THAT!;O)

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      • Posted by joe on March 24, 2011 at 2:05 pm

        First of all no one is perfect in the Mormon religion. I dont claim to be and judge others like you do apparently. Thats why the sacrament is even there in the first place. But you would know that if you were a Mormon now wouldn’t you? And if you are, shame on you for judging me. Its people like you that cause people to leave the religion when its there for imperfect people unlike yourself apparently. But thats another blog. Again though i have to keep repeating myself because of liberal far lefters like yourself obviously look at anything else in my posts to insult me on instead of actually commenting on the real issue. Your post makes zero sense. What the hell are you even responding to? A man murdered his wife and children? What? Make an analogy that makes sense. Who said anything about anyone having good or bad intentions? I didnt say anything like that. While reading do you even comprehend what your reading?

    • Posted by Ashamed Former Hawk on March 30, 2011 at 4:13 am

      You are absolutely ridiculous. Are you saying we should tolerate this kind of behavior until it expands and gets to the point where hate crimes will occur? And you really just are one dumb shit aren’t you? YOU are the one judging EVERYONE else by calling them fools and idiots, making assumptions about their intelligence and political views. You’re a hypocrite and a bigot. And seem to fail as a Mormon as well.

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  57. Posted by Anon on March 22, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Okay reading more of the comments from students at the school it sounds to me that lots of both races thought the joke funny. It seems to me that the racist jokes have become so lax and okay at school so seeing something like that wasnt that big of deal because it is being joked about often???
    Maybe this is a good wake up call for all students, all races to stop making these kind of ‘jokes’ because now its just gone to far.

    Students, you are young wonderful adults learning how to deal with eachother, but also how to show love and protect eachother.
    Be the first one to change the subject or tell a friend not to joke like that anymore.

    Big Alta High Supporter.

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    • Posted by Anonymous on March 22, 2011 at 2:16 am

      nobody here has said that. they just said that both of them took it too far.

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    • Posted by Antoine Dodson on March 22, 2011 at 6:41 am

      gay

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      • Posted by Ashamed Former Hawk on March 30, 2011 at 4:17 am

        What the fuck is wrong with you? Someone posts a decent, completely unhateful comment and you call them gay? Yes because homophobia is a valid answer and solution. Why don’t you suppress another minority while you’re at it you ignorant bigot.

  58. Posted by Austin LeSueur on March 22, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Great post man. This is unacceptable.It is appaling how many people support mackay. How on earth would this ever be considered funny. I don’t care how popular mackay is, he’s stupid and irresponsible. I’ve known both kids for a while, especially mackay, and I lost all the respect I had for him. Larz, on the other hand, is a loyal, caring friend. He is a truthful and kind person and I can say without a doubt that he is one of my best friends. I am disgusted by what mackay did. If he really thought that was funny, then he must have a twisted sense of humor. And Larz wasn’t overreacting at all. mackay was running around, wearing a KKK mask and doing an arian salute. Not just the heil hitler salute, an ARIAN salute! that basically states that if you don’t have blonde hair and blue eyes, then you are trash. so if anyone says that mackay didn’t know what he was doing, you’re spewing a load of lies, he knew exactly what he was doing. And for the people who support mackay and his actions, you are all just as ignorant as he is. How can you honestly support this type of racism? ANY type of racism!! I know that mackay isn’t racist but that doesn’t give him the right to do racist things. This has sickened me and the most shocking thing about it is that a lot of people support this garbage. Larz, I love you like a brother and I’m here for you. I’m proud of you for standing up for yourself and not just sitting there and taking it. You are a brave guy and I’m glad to have you as a friend.

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  59. Posted by Concerned on March 22, 2011 at 1:57 am

    I find it so sad that parents, peers, and many others try to play things like this off by saying, “that’s just the way it high school is.” Racism, bullying, and cliques do so much harm to a young person’s emotional wellbeing. To those that say this is just normal and okay, I admonish you that the time will come when that way of thinking will lead to a loss of security and peace in your own lives.

    That leads me to ask, does high school have to be this way? Should it be this way? Should we accept the disdainful things of life or should we change them? We must change them by first stepping out of our own paradigm and second by genuinely forgiving others. Remember, bitterness and resentment are as equally destructive as the actions of an offender.

    Thank you for standing up for yourself and others, and for curtailing an ill that plagues society. Especially issues like this that far too many people play off as being normal. It really seems as though most people are blind to what is happening right in front of them because it is so “normal” . . . however, that does not justify bigotry. May a better world, one full of mutual respect and courtesy develop though efforts like yours.

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  60. Posted by anonymous on March 22, 2011 at 2:02 am

    I understand where you are coming from, and it pissed me off too… But I don’t think he is racist. I think it was a stupid joke that he thought would be funny because they were in white, and seniors in black.. Obviously, it translated wrong, but I think he gets that now…

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  61. Posted by Bob Wright on March 22, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Race mixers are sick. You should crawl back under the rock you came from.

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    • Posted by Former Hawk on March 22, 2011 at 2:16 am

      Wow Bob… How do you have any time to post on this blog when there are so many first cousins of yours to get pregnant. Thanks for demonstrating what’s wrong in the world and why I sometimes am ashamed to be white.

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      • Posted by Bob Wright on March 22, 2011 at 2:20 am

        Good for you, go find yourself a little chinawoman to impregnate then since you can satisfy your own race’s women.

    • Posted by Rachelle on March 22, 2011 at 4:50 am

      You are the sick small minded one. I feel sorry for your family and I hope you don’t have children. God be with them if you do.

      To the reporter for the tribune,
      why dont you interview this Bob wright as well, expose him to all of Utah so everyone can open their eyes to some of the disgusting people and their beliefs.
      Perhaps we can start a collection to fund some mental help for this douche Bob.

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    • Posted by mem on March 29, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Well bob good luck to many blkmen here and to many white women here who like blackmen wont stop! aka your Mixing :)

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    • Posted by Ashamed Former Hawk on March 30, 2011 at 4:19 am

      You know, I hope someday you will realize what a dumb fuck you are after you give birth to deformed children from mating with your own mother.

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  62. Posted by Mike Jones on March 22, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Keep Utah White!

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    • Posted by Queen2U on March 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      Spoken like a real card carrying member. Tough guys are always online but never on the front line like Larz. See the difference between men and boys now sonny? Now you get on home, your alcoholo father and chew spitting mother have some pedophile uncle waiting to molest you before you milk the cows and burn the trash.

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      • Posted by Really on March 24, 2011 at 3:56 am

        How about the difference between black people and niggers. Niggers go around with a chip on their shoulder. Black people accept who they are. Katz obviously goes around trying to get revenge

    • Posted by Ashamed Former Hawk on March 30, 2011 at 4:23 am

      You bigot. How would you like it if I said “Make Utah Black” and kicked your sorry ass out of Utah and shipped you to Africa? White supremest bastard.

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      • Posted by bring it on March 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm

        bring it bitch!!!! anyone on here that thinks the way the crybaby nigar has handled this has prevented violence is a fool there will be violence before its over im sure. just for shits and giggles i posted a link to this blog and the headlines to the KKK’s website now it should get interesting.

  63. Posted by way to go on March 22, 2011 at 2:09 am

    I want to say that this so called joke was a very hateful thing to do. Even if it was not attended to offend anyone it did. It would have offended me if I were there and saw it take place. I want to say that I give you a round of applause for what you stood up for and Larz you took a stand for what you and I would say mostly everyone in the US thinks is the worst part of US history. Thank you for your action. It goes to show that we still have many decent young people that will grow up an govern the US and its people the right way.

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  64. Posted by Anonymous on March 22, 2011 at 2:13 am

    definitely not acceptable, but as far as something like that happening at alta, it was isolated. i would agree that your actions are reasonable if kids donned hoods all the time, but they don’t. Let him get in trouble, but don’t use it as a vehicle to magnify and generalize all racist attitudes or incidents at alta, or in utah.

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  65. Posted by Barbara on March 22, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Dear Alta Administration and Parents of Alta Students:

    Please read all these posts and decide for yourselves if it isn’t time for an all day required history lesson about the kkk and the holocaust…

    It is painfully obvious that nobody but Larz realized the atrocity that had taken place at the time of the “spirit day”. Either that or many did and didn’t have the moral courage to stand up and others considered it a “harmless joke.” Why was it Larz that removed the hood? Why didn’t someone else? Where were the teachers and administrators? That is even more inexcusable. How could the students know it was more than a “harmless joke” if their teachers didn’t?

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    • Posted by Bob Wright on March 22, 2011 at 2:22 am

      Dear Parents of Alta

      -Who do not want their daughters running off and getting knocked up with the likes of Larz “T-Bone” Diddy. Write the school board and have the Alta administration investigate Larz for instigating a racial riot.

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      • Posted by Former Hawk on March 22, 2011 at 2:27 am

        Dear Bob “man tits” Wright,

        Enjoy dying alone and angry. The rest of us will not be at your funeral because your family is so poor and dumb they will forget to invite anybody.

        Love,
        The Kkk

      • Posted by Former Hawk on March 22, 2011 at 2:35 am

        You probably want to fuck me in the ass too huh? I would let you cause I am so gay and I am a 450 lber with a mangina.

      • Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 2:39 am

        bob you sound like a dumb trailer trash redneck. Please keep your stupid comments to yourself unless you have something meaningful to contribute. All you have done is make yourself look stupid here ok? This folks happens to be a real racist. Im sorry to say he probably has white skin an represents a very, very small fraction of the white community. The brain damaged part so pay no attention please and watch his anger grow as he gets no more comments to his stupid posts please. Thank you.

      • Posted by Former Hawk on March 22, 2011 at 2:54 am

        Nice Bob, seems to me your sad. Cuddle up to your inflatable sex toy tonight and cry, just like you do every night.

  66. Posted by louann on March 22, 2011 at 2:21 am

    I can’t believe that anyone would think this funny. Where are the parents of this ignorant kid? Alta better take some serious action. This is not acceptable in any way shape or form.

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  67. Posted by Alex Jensen on March 22, 2011 at 2:26 am

    I am an Alta alumni as well as the daughter of an Alta Teacher, I have experienced the ignorance perpetuated at Alta many times.

    Students should feel safe when they are at school, it kills me that not one administrator stopped this as soon as it was happening. Larz, I am deeply sorry that you had to experience this first hand. It is not right, even if it was a joke. It was not funny.

    There is no way to blow this out of proportion, if one student feels harassed in such a way it is a huge deal. IT’s 2011, you’d think that by now we would all be adequately educated in these subjects and if this kid was not, he needs to be taught about these horrific occurrences in history and why they are a such prominent issues.

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  68. Posted by Niki on March 22, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Larz,

    First I want to commend you for having the strength to stand up and speak out. My daughter is in one of your classes and came home very upset by the incident, it SICKENS us to know that people really think this way. I wish saying sorry would be good enough but it’s not! Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers! Stay strong and true to yourself…You have my support!

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  69. Posted by dragger88 on March 22, 2011 at 2:38 am

    I find it interesting that Hispanics can wear a Brown Pride shirt, waive the Mexican flag and it’s ok. A black person (I refuse to call them African-Americans, because they are not from Africa nor have they visited Africa) are taught to be proud to be black, are taught to have black pride, can call whites “cracker” and “honkey”, have the Ebony Music awards, all black colleges, Black Entertainment Television, the Black Caucus, Black History Month, the Race Card, and Reperations (payment by someone who has never owned a slave, to someone who has never been a slave)and all this is accepted by society, but heaven forbid that a white person states that they’re proud to be white (then they’re a racist) is proud of they’re heritage (then they’re racist) wears a white pride shirt (then they’re racist) flies the battle flag of the South (then they’re racist) Do you start to see the double standards here? We have a BLACK PRESIDENT, before that we had a BLACK Secretary of State, a BLACK Joint Cheifs of Staff, we have BLACK Senators, Governors, Mayors, Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, CEOs, Generals, etc etc etc. Racism at this point merely exists because no one let’s it go, it’s constantly being brought up and forced down everyones throats. They want to be equal, but still have all these extra benefits. It can’t happen that way. Be equal, than be equal. The joke may have been in poor taste, but you are trying to milk this for all it’s worth, and quite frankly, it’s not worth that much. Get over yourself with this non-sense, he’s an idiot and you are starting to look like a fame-hound. Life is unfair, it’s big it’s mean and people have opinions, some of which may not fit into yours just as yours do not fit into thiers, it’s called freedom of speech. It’s 2011, slavery has been over long before your grandaddy was even born, so the hurt feelings over it shouldn’t even exist. The best way to combat it…. Ignore it. I do….

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    • Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 2:53 am

      Thanks for the comment. I dont hate black people or any other race for that matter. What i hate are people like this that blow things like this up. It should have never made it to the media and if you ask the school administrators if they were given any time to react to this i bet the answer would be obvious. Now the school has been made out to look like an all white racist compound unsafe for all other races. Sad. I agree with this post and happen to not be a racist. Shocking.

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    • Posted by jason on March 22, 2011 at 2:55 am

      Your entire post was racist. Big difference between any power and “white” power.

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      • Posted by dragger88 on March 29, 2011 at 5:38 am

        Ah Jason, thank you for proving my point. The view that “Whites” who exhibit any pride in their color or heritage is therefore justification that they are “racist” has just been proven by you. This is nothing more than “racism” in the reverse, therefore making you no better than those you so despise. Hypocrisy Jason, you exude it.

      • Posted by Huh? on March 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm

        Oh Dragger88…why don’t you google the terms “White Power” and “White Pride”…you will find that BOTH terms are associated with American Neo-Nazi racist groups. So in that sense, White Power is absolutely a racist term. Let’s take an updated look at the current state of this situation – a principal and a vice principal have been placed on Administrative Leave pending a completed District investigation that has found “numerous instances” of this type of behavior at Alta. You cannot justify racist actions (regardless of intent) by hiding behind a bullshit explanation that you’re just proud of who you are…especially when the terms you use are readily accepted as RACIST. Try again!

    • Posted by From the sidelines on March 22, 2011 at 3:13 am

      I have to agree, your post sounds like a rant straight from a KKK Rally! As for the school administrators being given time to react, I would have to point out that they did NOTHING when it was happening…was Larz to sit back and wait for the school to decide if their star football player for next season should be punished??? I think not…the 3 day suspension pretty much tells us all where the school stands on this one!

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      • Posted by dragger88 on March 29, 2011 at 5:45 am

        And When exactly have you been to a KKK rally? I mean if you were there wouldn’t that make you “racist”? Do you not have pride in YOUR heritage? Does that not make YOU “racist” by your own logic? I believe it does. And yes, a white person is the only race that is not allowed to be proud of their heritage without being labelled and condemned by society as being a racist. NAACP? What does that stand for again……

      • Posted by From the sidelines on March 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

        Dragger88, if you have paid attention to any of your American History courses or have even spent any time learning about America’s history, you have SEEN the KKK Rallys, you have seen how they gather and what they do. You don’t have to have been there to know what they stand for and what they do. I do have pride in my heritage, but NEVER at the expense or in comparison to another race, that is the difference! Your race is not any better than any other race and, unfortunately, that is the disagreement here. You slam other races in order to make your own appear to look superior. Look up white pride and you will see that it is not a term that is used alongside a proudness of race or heritage, it is used by those who wish harm (and inflict it) upon other races when those races are not the same. What is the definition of racism again?

    • Posted by Chris on March 23, 2011 at 4:22 am

      Dagger88 i agree with you 100 percent ive seen hispanics and blacks all representing their race pride with tatoos shirts etc. Yet if i was to get WHITE PRIDE across my chest to show that i am proud to be white i would get labeled as a racist. White people have just as much of a right to show their pride for their race as others do.

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    • Posted by Should-be-sleeping on March 23, 2011 at 8:33 am

      Where’s the “like” button?

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    • Posted by Queen2U on March 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      The federal governement shoud de-fund your education. You are way too stupid to rehabilitate.

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  70. Posted by anonymous on March 22, 2011 at 2:40 am

    I think there’s a lot of children on here that think they’re adults making ludicrous comments that obviously need a history lesson. I too graduated from Alta 15 ago. When I was there I could count on one hand how many black students we had. I’m not aware of any problems or racism they faced while I went to school there. I’m white, my husband is black and we have 4 children together. I just want to say my children have never experienced any type of racism that were aware of. Had this happened in a school my children attended, no way in Happy Valley would I sit still and laugh it off as a joke. Unfortunately it sounds like your going to get a lot of crap for speaking out and the offending kid Mckay is going to get a lot of crap as well. He made a very poor choice that night. He never will forget this incident his whole life. There is so much hate behind the KKK and it seems kids today have no clue about what happened in US history. I had married a black man and was so naive about U.S. history until I took a African American course in college. They barely brush the topic in high school so I see why so many of you are saying to just get over it. I was always taught to not judge people based on race and never really understood racism because I wasn’t ever taught to hate people in the first place. Racism is taught. I doubt the kid who wore the hat is racist. It just seems he and all the friends and fellow students that think it’s funny have no idea to what extent African Americans endured. I don’t think your over reacting at all. I do however think it would great if the two of you and perhaps parents could solve it without it escalating into something it isn’t. Of course rumors are going to fly. I agree I think the kid needs to own that he did it and apologize and hopefully everyone can be friends in the end. It shouldn’t be about making him look bad and or you looking like the over sensitive minority. The issue does need to be addressed and hopefully the school will enforce a zero tolerance rule. I’m wondering where the faculty and parents were during all of this. There was always parents and teachers at games. I so would have addressed it that night had I been there. Believe me I would have been fuming!!! The last thing I want is for my children to feel scared or intimidated at school. I personally think Utah is a great place to raise bi-racial children and I would hate for this incident to give Utah a bad name for being racist, because I really don’t think it is. There’s always going to be a select few everywhere and more in other places, but I really don’t think Utah is one of them. Having lived in Georgia for a short time with my family it was a lot worse there on a day to day basis. Ten years ago in Utah yeah there was little hints of people who didn’t agree with our relationship or were flat out racists, but today I think Utah is great and the people are very loving and accepting. Good luck with your endeavor. I hope your goals in the end of all this is to make peace.

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    • Posted by Wyatt Powers on March 22, 2011 at 2:48 am

      You must have been one of those wiggers that got his ass beat all the time ROTFL!

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    • Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 3:02 am

      Thanks for your post. It was very fair for both sides i think. You sound like a very smart lady. I too was never taught to hate but have seen racism towards me and im white. So i know your right when you say the behavior is taught, to all races. I dont believe Larz felt unsafe or scared at all in this incident though. Thats what really annoys me so much is that the schools reputation is getting dragged through the mud because one student wants to get attention. KKK boy should be suspended for his actions and educated. Thats it. End of story.

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    • Posted by Dallin Ford on March 22, 2011 at 3:05 am

      I 100% agree with her I just didn’t know how to put it into words and she seemed to do an amazing job. On a side note I’m proud of what your doin bud. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are over reacting your doing what’s right and your making your voice heard

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  71. That is not a prank. That is ignorant.

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  72. Posted by From the sidelines on March 22, 2011 at 2:53 am

    I am an Alta mom who is very familiar with “The Racist”. Let me be clear, there is NO DISTINCTION between “being racist” and “not being racist but using racism as a joke” – there is only RACISM! The support for this child comes stricly from a popularity standpoint. His brother was a “famous” Alta football player as is he…this is an all or nothing situation! If you’re against the perpetuator of this action, then by default, you’re against the popular crowd and the majority of the football team as well. Hence the nasty comments from Ashley…she gives you a good idea of the “support” behind this little monster and an idea of what Larz must be going through on a daily basis. Speaking out in this situation took more courage than most people understand ~ it was done KNOWING what the repercussions would be on a day to day basis!

    I am disgusted, but not surprised, by the actions of this boy. I have watched over the years as he’s acted like a spoiled rotten child in every situation, even those requiring reverence and respect. This is the boy who is always the loudest, the one doing the most obnoxious things and making 100% certain that everybody is looking. It just so happened that this time it wasn’t funny! Maybe this time somebody will tell the kid to just sit down and shut up for once!

    Keep your chin up Larz ~ You’re an amazing kid who has fantastic friends to support him ~ focus on that and know that there’s more support out here for you than you know!

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    • Posted by anonymous on March 22, 2011 at 3:16 am

      Friends. He wouldnt have done this if he had friends. He wanted to do this to become popular. This will backfire

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      • Posted by Junior at Alta on March 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

        I’ve been reading through the comments and just had to reply to this one. Obviously you know nothing about Larz, if you did you’d know that he is an extremely popular student at Alta. He didn’t do this to get friends, he has plenty of them already.

      • Posted by Austin LeSueur on March 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

        Junior at alta is exactly right. I am one of Larz’s closest friends and he has many other friends. this was not a popularity stunt, this was a valid reaction to a sickening act of racism. Larz is above making friends like that. I don’t know how YOU make friends but Larz doesn’t have to sink to that level to make friends, he is perfectly capable of making friends the normal way.I am proud of him for standing up for himself instead of sitting there and letting mackay get in his face like that. He’s got more balls that you could ever hope to have.

  73. Posted by Jon on March 22, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Larz- thanks for having the guts to say something. In the long run, you’ll be glad you did. This kid and others will hopefully learn that racism isn’t a joke. If you didn’t say something, nothing would change. Just know that most of us are on your side, and are embarrassed by anyone in this state that would wear a KKK hood.

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    • Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 3:20 am

      When will people understand that things HAVE CHANGED?!!! You act as if poor Larz has to ride at the back of the bus to school. Again suspend the stupid KKK kid. It was distasteful and obviously hes an ignorant idiot. Let the school deal with it. Im so sick of this mentality that poor Larz is the victim here when the boy is a bully himself physically beating up weaker kids. Lets talk about that issue because that is a real problem in schools today.

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      • Posted by Former Hawk on March 22, 2011 at 3:21 am

        Who did he beat up?

      • Posted by anonymous on March 22, 2011 at 4:56 am

        1st of lets not play like Larz beats kids up. We all know what rumors do. And whether its sitting in the back of the bus or being called the N-word it doesn’t matter! Racism is wrong at any level. And this wasn’t an attack on Larz! It was an attack on all of us ethnic students at Alta. Larz just did something about it. So no, Larz is not “The victim” Larz is one of many.

  74. Posted by anonymous on March 22, 2011 at 3:04 am

    I think if people were there and saw the innocent a lot less people would be on Larz’s side. This had nothing to do with Larz he thought he was an all mighty being and took matters into his own hands. what an ignorant kid for doing this. He wanted to draw attention to himself and he blew this way out of proportion. He should have handled this like a real adult and went and talked to Mackay face to face. Not blow it up to all the local news stations. If he went to Mackay and did this and then things were not resolved. then that would be appropriate… if the situation was actually racism between Mackay and Larz. This is a lot bigger than it needed to be. Good Job Larz! you happy? you got an interview with channel 5 news, and a lot of others. I hope you feel this is justification. A silly highschool prank that will haunt Mackay for the rest of his life when you could have handled it maturely.

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    • Posted by anonymous on March 22, 2011 at 4:52 am

      If Larz was to blow this out of proportion then he would have thrown a punch or something. Most kids, including myself, probably would have. He deserved it. Every choice has its consequences, if this Mckay kid is haunted by it then he should have thought of that before he did it. What did he expect? To prance around in a KKK uniform and everyone cheer him on? It’s disgusting that anyone did. Just because you say something is just a joke doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want. Larz handled the situation more maturely than most people would. There’s nothing funny about racism. I’m also bi-racial and go to Alta. For you to say such an ignorant comment as this I can tell that you have never been a victim of racism. Now I wasn’t able to attend the Spirit Bowl assembly so I didn’t get to see how things went down. I don’t know all the facts. But I don’t need to. A kid wore a KKK outfit to the Spirit Bowl and ran on the court. That is a fact. Enough said, that is WRONG! No excuses! I’m not assuming anything. I’m not basing my opinion on others. A kid thinks its funny to dress up as a KKK member. No excuses. This is wrong!

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      • Posted by A Student on March 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm

        I think that if he punched him in the face it would probably ended this whole thing already…

    • Posted by Jimmy on March 23, 2011 at 3:28 am

      And this MaKay would have continued on thinking he can behave however he chooses and there are no consequences for his behavior-‘I’m Sorry’ doesn’t always make everything ok.

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    • Posted by Jimmy on March 23, 2011 at 3:29 am

      And this MacKay would have continued on thinking he can behave however he chooses and there are no consequences for his behavior-‘I’m Sorry’ doesn’t always make everything ok.

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      • Posted by Reallyi on March 23, 2011 at 6:08 pm

        Je didn’t even wear a KKK outfit so you weren’t there. He was in normal clothes and a pillow case… Not a damn KKK outfit

    • Posted by Austin LeSueur on March 25, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      Dude the news came to him, not the other way around. I talked to larz and his family and they wanted to keep it low key. they weren’t planning to blow this up so much

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  75. Posted by Teri on March 22, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Thank you for making us all aware of the situation and taking a stand. You have many supporters – of many races. I’m sorry you had to experience that. I hope you haven’t lost hope in all mankind.

    dragger88, you’re an
    idiot. Since when is wearing a kkk hood, dancing infront of some one and saluting Hitler showing white pride?? Sound ignorant to me.

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  76. Posted by DudeFromHouston on March 22, 2011 at 3:13 am

    I am white. The kid who dressed up like he is in the KKK sounds like he is probably not that intelligent. It was definitely racist of him to do that. I am offended that he would act so stupid.

    Its embarrassing. Its stupid. Its not a joke. I am surprised that the kid who posted this had the guts, patience, and wherewithal to not deck the other kid in the face. Props to you.

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  77. Posted by Jas on March 22, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Larz,
    I fully support your decision to report what happened at Alta High School. I talked with some others about the incident in school and I think the students need to realize how serious this really is. A couple students said that it was “sorta funny if you think about it.” I however do not find it funny at all and I would never dream of doing anything; whether I was trying to be funny or not.
    I admire your courage, wisdom, and strength in reporting it and following through. If you ever need anything just know you will have support.

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  78. Posted by Heather on March 22, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Thank you for taking a stand against racism.
    It is truly a brave thing to do.

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  79. Posted by An Advocate on March 22, 2011 at 3:27 am

    Larz, you are smart and well-spoken. There is too much ignorance in Utah for this abhorrent occurrence to get the attention in deserves. You need to contact the ACLU, NAACP, and MSNBC news. The more press, the better. Your school, your school district, your community, and this very ignorant and racist child need a history lesson. I am appalled by the comments on your blog telling you to “lighten up.” Don’t listen. Get louder and don’t stop talking until justice is done.

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    • Posted by anonymous on March 25, 2011 at 1:08 am

      Yes. Lets make this a worldwide problem and completely ruin mackays life and humiliate him some more. He’s in high school! They’re already threatening to expell him from the district, isn’t that good enough for you people?? Prejudice against someones mistakes is just as bad as prejudice against someones race. This should have never gone public. Mackay IS NOT racist.

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  80. Posted by Shelby on March 22, 2011 at 3:32 am

    This kind of behavior should never be tolerated. It is not funny. And it is no joke. I am impressed with the way you handled the situation and am so glad that you are taking a stand against this kind of asinine behavior at your school. I am a mother of two Haitian children and would not for an instant tolerate something like this happening at any school my children attend. I think that it is important to handle things civilly as it seems you have done, but it IS important that these incidents are addressed and condemned. Good job brother, and God bless. Don’t worry about what others say. You did the right thing.

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  81. Posted by Junior at Alta on March 22, 2011 at 3:38 am

    So this is what it has come to. I was at that Spirit Bowl and while many of my friends were amused by this petty little joke, I was not. I understand the joke, but it was entirely uncalled for. This isn’t the first time racial comments or actions have been made towards Larz in my presence. I have witnessed Larz act maturely and kindly to these situations. He didn’t write this to stir up drama to give his dad a best selling book, he wrote this because the situation needed to be addressed. It have been these comments that have blown the situation out of proportion. I had class today with Larz and some of the so called ‘meatheads’. They all acted responsible and mature. The school district did act mannerly and punished the boy in charge of the stunt. Although what he did can not be justified, I know he is a good kid at heart. I wish for the best in both situations and hope this is a well deserved wake up call for some students. I don’t, however, think that just because a select few treated you rudely, that it is appropriate to call out a whole school or a whole state. I like to think that people like me, just and fair, are the rule and not the exception. Racism is a two way street that needs to be dealt with sensitively. Best of luck for these two families and the school administration!

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  82. Posted by Friend on March 22, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Why is it that when black people degrade white people we cant take it too the news and get articles and news reports??

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    • Posted by anonymous on March 22, 2011 at 5:14 am

      Racism happens all around and nobody ever hears about it. This one was big enough that it got attention. It was the size of the problem. Not the problem. If anyone was this public about discriminating anything this would be the result. Stop crying about being the majority whose never been a victim of racism. and if you have. welcome to a day in our shoes!

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    • Posted by Chase on March 22, 2011 at 5:14 am

      Actually you can. Especially when you live in a predominately white community. Do you really think in your little Utah town that someone would be upset by you doing this?

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    • Posted by Austin LeSueur on March 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      He never took it to the news. the news found the blog and wanted an interview. you need to get the facts straight before you decide to write unfounded comments. And I have neever been degraded for being white and my friends haven’t either so I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about

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  83. Posted by chris del on March 22, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Larz you are a brave man, I wish more people were as determined in this cause as you are.
    Racism is Americas plague, it feeds on ignorance, hatred, unfounded facts, and most of all a lack of Godly understanding and the light of Christ.
    But unfortunately it doesn’t start at school but rather at home.

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  84. Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 3:43 am

    DONT STOP THERE!!! LETS HAVE ANOTHER MILLION MAN MARCH!!!! BRING IN AL SHARPTON AND THE REV JESSE JACKSON TOO!!! WHERES FARACON WHEN YOU NEED HIM??? WOW!!!

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    • Posted by An Advocate on March 22, 2011 at 3:48 am

      The correct spelling of your allusion would be ‘Farrakhan.’

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    • Posted by Former Hawk on March 22, 2011 at 4:01 am

      Joe, you never answered my question. How is Larz a bully? How do you know?

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      • Posted by Friend on March 22, 2011 at 4:08 am

        Larz is always picking on kids whether it is in the halls, after school, or anytime. He is consistently calling people names and degrading them… (hmmm…. doesn’t that sound familiar). During the winter, he would stand by the doors throwing snowballs at the kids walking out, while yelling at them, calling them names. Yes he is a bully.

      • Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 4:08 am

        reading one of the former posts if the moderator didnt delete it says he had witnessed Larz bullying other students. Hitting them, Choking them, tackling other weaker students.

    • Posted by Chase on March 22, 2011 at 5:33 am

      Dear ALL CAPS Joe

      I HAVE A BETTER IDEA. LET’S HAVE ANOTHER KKK RALLY. HOW ABOUT BURNING SOME CROSSES IN PEOPLE’S FRONT YARDS. BETTER YET LETS INVITE ADOLF HITLER AND NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST TO THE ALTA GYMNASIUM FOR A KEGGER AKA “REAL TIME BARN BURNER.”

      Your ignorance needs a reality check my friend.

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      • Posted by joe on March 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

        HEY CHASE. NOW YOU LABEL ME A RACIST? WHY DONT YOU TAKE THE TIME TO READ ANY OF MY OTHER POSTS ON HERE YOU JACK ASS. I NEVER AGREED TO WHAT THE KKK BOY DID. I ALSO DONT AGREE WITH HOW ITS BEING HANDLED BY LARZ. TAKING THIS TO THE MEDIA. PROMOTING A BOOK BY HIS FATHER. THATS THE REAL REASON WE ARE EVEN HAVING THIS ARGUMENT. A PUBLICITY STUNT THAT HAS RUINED THE LIVES OF THE KIDS FAMILY AND DRAGGED THE SCHOOLS NAME THROUGH THE MUD. THE KID WAS SUSPENDED. WHAT THE HELL ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE THE SCHOOL TO DO IN THIS MATTER. LYNCH HIM IN THE TREE OUT FRONT CAUSE THATS EXACTLY WHAT LARZ HAS DONE. YOUR IGNORANCE NEEDS TO GO AWAY SO THAT THE REST OF US CAN MOVE ON.

      • Posted by anonymous on March 25, 2011 at 3:21 am

        I agree with joe. This shouldn’t have ever gone public. Mackay shouldn’t have done it. He certainly should have known better. But dragging him down like this will do absolutely nothing. People need to get over it and let him come back.

  85. Posted by A Supporter on March 22, 2011 at 3:45 am

    I am so proud of you! Although I do not know you personally I look up to you more than words can describe. Racism is a huge issue and I am so happy that you were strong enough to take a stand this will make a huge difference and you will be known as the kid who stood up for what he believed in and what is good. Thanks for your courage. I hope everything goes well with this and that this issue can be stopped or at least brought up again so people can realize how common bullying is. I look up to you and am so proud of you.

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  86. Posted by allforoneandoneforall on March 22, 2011 at 3:46 am

    I saw what happened that day and i’m a senior. I was so disgusted with the student that it left me speachless. i am so sorry. i talked to the teachers as well right after the assembly. THIS CAN NOT BE TOLERATED! i am so happy that you went to the press!!! good for you no one should take this and we can not just take it as a joke, no one is laughing. i wish you luck and hope i see you at school so i can give you a high five!

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  87. Posted by hmmm on March 22, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Okay lets be honest.. we live in Utah. Kids here grow up sheltered and naive. They don’t even know what real racism is except for what they read in history books and see on tv. They think that because they don’t see true racism here, it can be made into a joke. I don’t believe this is an act of real racism. I do believe it was meant as a joke. These kids are so ignorant to think it’s funny. But I have the utmost respect for you Larz, for putting these kids in their place. If these kids are to ever survive in the real world, they better learn a lesson from all this. I respect what your doing and thanks for teaching these ignorant kids a lesson. Go Larz.

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    • Posted by Taytayfreshmab on March 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      I agree with this comment out of all others. Everyone in Utah is sheltered and SUPER naive. For the bi-racial kids that are like him, are just the same and do it to other races too. I know for a fact he didn’t mean to offend anyone, he’s ignorant of how this would offend anyone.

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  88. Posted by Really on March 22, 2011 at 4:00 am

    I feel bad for Mckay and you Lars.
    Mckay is freaking screwed, it’s really sad.
    It didn’t have to go this far.
    He apologized and everything, we allk now he isn’t racist!
    Come on now guys, we’re a school, we’re a class, freaking come together! We all need to get along, dammit. And we all know damn well, each and every one of the damn juniors that witnessed it that it was a joke for crying out loud!

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    • Posted by Friend on March 22, 2011 at 4:08 am

      AGREED!!!

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    • Posted by estee on March 22, 2011 at 4:09 am

      a joke!? please tell me you are young and white.
      of course you are. then you couldn’t possibly disregard by saying that it was “a joke”

      i surely hope this boy will learn his lesson. i sure hope you learn something from it as well.

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      • Posted by hunter on March 27, 2011 at 1:17 am

        yeah he learned his lesson. he lost his scholarship, not to mention the respect and trust of peers oh and he now has a fucking criminal record. now he’ll never be a stupid kid and act up for attention ever again. Face it he dosnt deserve all this.

  89. Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Wow so i spelled the mans last name wrong. Really?? My allusion?? The allusion here is that the Harriot Tubman, Rosa Parks, racist mentality allusion is being kept alive by activists who have nothing better to do than insight racial arguments into the face of a majority who have been able to let it go.

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    • Posted by An Advocate on March 22, 2011 at 4:17 am

      ‘Harriet’ and ‘incite.’ I am correcting you because you obviously need a little education. It’s ok. I am a teacher and can help you.

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      • Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 4:45 am

        Lol. Again try responding to the post instead of trying to insult my intelligence.

  90. Posted by Jennie on March 22, 2011 at 4:10 am

    As a mother of bi-racial children growing up in Utah, I want to thank you for standing up and saying that this is not okay. It’s true that here in our sheltered Utah, where there are not alot of racial tensions, kids may not realize how offensive racial jokes are. Thank you for bringing attention to this problem and for not letting it slide. It makes me want to weep to think that in a couple of years when my daughters go to high school, they may have to face similar situations. I hope that someone like you will be there to stand up with them and let niave students know that racism is not funny!

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  91. Posted by someone. on March 22, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Freedom of speech.

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  92. Posted by Laura on March 22, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Larz I am overjoyed that you shared your story, people especially white people like me need to hear this! Because I am white I will never know what it is like for you to live in a society that continues to oppress people based on their race. I take to heart what you have written and will try to be the best ally I possibly can for all minority groups! I hope there is a positive outcome from this situation, and am deeply sorry this had to happen. Continue to fight you and your father are amazing people and I give you every bit of my support! If there is any way we can educate the students at your school that would be the best outcome, tips for anyone reading this are to check out Bell Hooks, Tim Wise, or books like “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” by Beverly Daniel Tatum. All of them have entirely changed how I view myself and our society, I hope they can do the same for someone else.

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  93. Posted by JP on March 22, 2011 at 4:18 am

    In a professional environment it would cost the kid his job or career! Also depending on disciplinary actions from your high school it could affect acceptance into certain colleges! Hope you learn your lesson bud!

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  94. Posted by JLG on March 22, 2011 at 4:18 am

    This whole situation is very saddening and disheartening. I am proud of you Larz! May you be blessed for your courage and your willingness to remind others that we are ALL children of God.

    “I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

    I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

    I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

    I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.” Martin Luther King Junior

    I hope and pray, in fact I know, that this ignorance and racism will one day be washed from this Earth. I look forward to the day!

    Keep up the good fight! You have legions who are behind you.

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  95. Posted by fear and ignorance is our enemy. on March 22, 2011 at 4:21 am

    “Civil society… should fight racism in all corners of the world, at local, national and international levels. It means acknowledging that the victims of racism do not gain from hate and revenge or from silencing dissent. When communities are denied a voice, their issues, experiences and concerns are made invisible and they become even more vulnerable to bigotry, prejudice and marginalization. Racism is not only silencing. It requires silencing to exist and survive.”
    -Human Rights Org.
    Thank you Larz, for speaking out! It needed to be done.

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  96. Posted by Ash Johnsdottir on March 22, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Thank you for speaking out about this. This is so terrible. There is so much racism in Utah.

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  97. Posted by Ds on March 22, 2011 at 4:35 am

    The point of the matter is that the school is somewhat racist not personally but just the thoughts floating around the group RAW HIDE is the publisher of such thoughts I hate the leader of it and I wouldn’t have hesitated if it was him I would have punched him I was one of the starters and I backed out once I knew this would be bad and guess what I was right!

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  98. Posted by Chase Anderson on March 22, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Hello Larz,

    I 100% support you, and I fully understand where you are coming from. Just a little FYI about me. I attended Alta High School and I have four adopted African-American siblings. We’ve experienced underlying racism here in Utah – in regards to the school system. It’s ugly and it’s pervasive. It reminds me of when I was in 5th Grade and I stood up in class because I simply refused to draw a WANTED POSTER of runaway slaves. I was humiliated in front of my peers, and I was visibily shaken. It still is an experience that lives with me to this very day. But, I can assure you that speaking up was the right thing to do. The only way to combat racism is to strongly denounce it and to make it visible. Racism hides well under the banner of joking and humour.

    I just hope that people, including high school students, will have the personal integrity to denounce this sort of blantant racism. Moreover, I hope the administration will be more proactive going forward. It’s simply inexcusable for a student to walk around a school wearing KKK garb – and without any sort of reprimand. I wish you the best of luck going forward, and I respect you for having the personal integrity to NOT accept this sort of humiliation.

    Best,
    Chase Anderson

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  99. Posted by K.Har on March 22, 2011 at 4:48 am

    First off, I want to say, Larz, good for you for handling this like an adult. You are doing the right thing.

    Second, it makes me sad to see that people say that it was just a joke, and that Larz shouldn’t be offended. In a situation like this, intent doesn’t matter. This “joke” was ignorant and hurtful. Teachers should have handled this situation better.

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  100. Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 4:50 am

    Its funny how people like you look to the spelling to try and discredit someone by calling them stupid rather then responding to the actual post. All that tells me is that you have nothing to say. Advocate for what? You are probably an environmentalist, animal activist, screaming at the top of your lungs to save the whales while on the other hand pro abortion advocating a woman’s right to choose to murder their child. Am i right?

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    • Posted by Former Hawk on March 22, 2011 at 5:03 am

      Yet there are those that would bomb abortion clinics, and kill abortion doctors while they are at church in front of their families. What else do you have Joe?

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      • Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 5:21 am

        Hawk and people who bomb abortion clinics and kill doctors are just as bad. What point are you trying to make with me? I dont support psychos like that either.

    • Posted by An Advocate on March 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      Joe, your ideas are incoherent and obviously irredeemable…but I CAN help you learn how to spell and write grammatically correct sentences. In all honesty, though, you are no longer worth my time. I will, instead, continue to influence the youth of Utah so people like you and your imbecilic ideas will become obsolete.

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      • Posted by joe on March 23, 2011 at 12:56 am

        To An Advocate: You make me laugh. God help us if people like you are in the school system teaching my children. Last i checked i didnt ask nor need help in any way shape or form. I didnt realize this blog was about spelling errors and grammatically correct sentences but your type of people make it into that when you have nothing better to say. Incoherent to who? The absent minded? Nothing i have said is difficult to understand. Influence the youth? The thought of a person like you influencing my child to your twisted and morbid way of thinking makes me sick to the level of a child molester indoctrinating and perverting their minds with your liberal and one sided views. I will continue to influence my own children until baby butchers like yourself are obsolete. Good riddance.

    • Posted by Ashamed Former Hawk on March 30, 2011 at 4:47 am

      Stop forcing your own personal beliefs on everyone. According to you, anyone who is not a god loving, anti-abortion, right wing Republican is a horrible perverted child molester. You are the personification of bigotry and close-mindedness. Let’s see how many enemies you’ll make living in Northern California for a year. If you expect others to respect your views, then you first need to respect others’ views. I bet you’re a homophobe too and hope all gays burn in hell. Open your eyes you ignorant bastard.

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  101. Posted by bob on March 22, 2011 at 4:54 am

    That kid was an asshole. he might like black people and have black friends, but nevertheless, that is so inappropriate. its not funny at all, its just a bad call on mackays part. He deserves everything he’s getting, and I’m glad you called him on it.

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  102. Posted by tyler cheesecake bowthorpe on March 22, 2011 at 4:56 am

    i think that he wants to wear a kkk suit to an assembley then for punishment he should wear it downtown and walk around for an hour or two. and try telling people he just kidding before he gets his ass beat

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  103. Posted by Sympathetic white guy on March 22, 2011 at 4:56 am

    I tip my hat to you. This should not be taken lightly or brush it off and go “well they were just joking so it’s ok”. No! A New York teen girl burned and killed an ex-roomates cat and says “it was just a joke.” that is wrong and not funny and neither is racist actions, jokes, and behaviors. The KKK is a horrible group people and you should not joke around about it. The “hail hitler” thing is also bad and completely horrible thing to do. Both of these actions are considered racist and extremely offensive to people no matter what race they are, we live in a world were everyone should be treated like a human being not some low life scum just because of their race/ethnicity. Hope you get some sort of justice in this and good luck man.

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  104. Posted by teewee on March 22, 2011 at 5:01 am

    can i say this is the dumbest thing ever just because some one did some thing racist dosent mean they are racist and every one in the world is a little racist most the time its to be funny or maybe they dont like those types of people but unless they cause physical harm who cares grow a pair your not the only one who has it bad i get called a fucking fag it dosent bug me in my theater class mexicans and mcdonalds always comes together in improv so grow up they worlds not perfect and you may not want to admit it but theres probably a group of people you dont like

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  105. Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 5:05 am

    Joe you’re an idiot or should I say idhioute. Whatever, same diff.

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    • Posted by joe on March 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      LOL you people make me laugh. My point proven once again with not an argument to my post but an insult to my intelligence because i spelled a couple words wrong. Who’s the intelligent one here? Certainly not the jack asses that have nothing better to say so they have to critique every word i type just to have something to respond to. Get a life. Go save a whale cause im having shark fin soup for dinner tonight.

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      • Posted by Ashamed Former Hawk on March 30, 2011 at 4:51 am

        Why does your stupidity surpass the limits of human comprehension? Where the hell did you pull the save a whale stint from? You’re essentially implying all environmental and animal activists are second class citizens and beneath you. I’ll laugh when the world slowly decays and destroys itself because dumbass humans like you are too selfish to take responsibility for your own actions and the pollutions your existence brings upon this world. And buy a damn dictionary already.

  106. Posted by MLC on March 22, 2011 at 5:13 am

    We can all act surprised and be amazed at this situation but the truth of the matter is, this behavior has been accepted for years. Larz just chose to be the one to stand up alone and go against the norm. The home training of the teenager’s stating this was just a joke and not a big deal validates the decades of ignorance taught. It was an insensitive and ignorant gesture to portray the KKK and horrific to mimic hail hitler’s. Utah is becoming more diverse with races, cultures and religions. What we should be asking ourselves is how many other times has something like this happen, and everyone just laughed it off. This is not just a “minority thing”, but an offense to everyone that wants to move forward. There are many lessons to be learned here.

    Larz, you did an excellent job standing up for what is right whether you are accepted or not. You are a young man moving toward to becoming a man. You spoke your mind eloquently and professionally for all to hear. I am proud of you for not using your hands to make your point, but your mind. Stand strong and be strong with prayer.

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    • Posted by mistuhstealyuhgirl on March 23, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      ha ha ha okay can you blame any of these people who think its okay with what mackay did? their mostly rich mormons. i’m not white and attend alta. white people in this “COMMUNITY” really think they are better than colored people. they think this thing is okay because the book of mormon basically says that white people are better than anyone whos not. look it up brown people (lamanites) were cursed with darker skin because of the wicked things they did. white people (nephites) were the good people who followed the iron rod. not everyone in this community is like this but a good chuck is. so really none of this surprises me at all. i know mackay isn’t racist but his actions were. which allows him to be called a racist.
      and so what we 4-7 easy to talk shit from the stands

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  107. Posted by Taylor English on March 22, 2011 at 5:21 am

    First of all, I have a question for all you Alta students and jackass Alta parents who are defending Mackay; What the HELL is wrong with you? It makes me absolutely sick that nothing is being done about this. It makes me even more sick that people are telling Larz to “relax, and it’s just a joke”. Wearing a KKK hood to school, and saluting Hitler is NOT a joke. Not a joke at all. Anybody who thinks it was is an ignorant dumb ass. The only reason any of you Alta students are even defending Mackay is because he’s probably a football player who thinks he rules the school, even though his parents probably had to pay to get him on the team. You stupid spoiled Draper teenagers need to realize that this is something serious. You clearly don’t have any idea what kind of mindless, stupid shit the KKK did. And saluting Hitler? Really? How the hell is that a joke? To you Draper moms who are saying that what Mackay did was just a joke, how about you go get more implants, buy another house that you can’t afford, and go hit on the Alta football team some more. You have no damn clue what happens at Alta. You have white, spoiled children who don’t see what happens in the real world. I had the unfortunate pleasure of attending Alta for three years, and I saw plenty of horrible things like this go down and have nothing be done about it. I’m sick of you damn Draper teenagers who think you can do what ever the hell you want. I would rather be shot execution style then raise my children in Draper, because of things like this. Larz, I hope you know that I think you are a bad ass for finally taking a stand. Don’t listen to anything that the uneducated ass wipes are saying on here. You did the right thing.

    Oh, and to Miss Ashley…
    learn how to speak proper English, pull the dildo out of your ass, and start paying attention in school you idiot. Oh and please don’t reproduce. We don’t need anymore of you running around.

    Go Larz.

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  108. Posted by Sympathetic white guy on March 22, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Hey for everyone who said “your the only person offended by this.” or something similar to that context, I want to know how you know that Larz was the only one offended. Just because he said something about this doesn’t make him the only person that was offended. Majority of the people that are offended by something or is bullied don’t speak up, and alot of it is because of fear. Heck here’s a guy who might just as well be speaking for lots of other students. Also the “we live in Utah” comments yes but what does that mean other than the majority if utahns are white, or racism should be tolerated more because we don’t have a history of discrimination like the south in the 1890s-1970s. It doesn’t matter where you live racism or rasist jokes are ALWAYS WRONG.

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  109. Posted by Wow? on March 22, 2011 at 5:23 am

    I witnessed this whole thing, and yeah it waany the smartest thing to do, but I mean it is McKay so I would expect it. I do agree that he deserved the suspension but Alta ibonnet a racist school. Everyone is over reacting to the incident. Yeah sure have and investigation on Alta, but your not going to find anything. I several black friends and all of them were offended by the actions but they didn’t take it seriously enough to call the police and every news station in the state. They’re aware of the sort of humor that was meant to be portrayed, so they knew it was a joke, they didn’t take it as personally as you obviously did. Things have gotten way to out of hand ever since you decided to take it to the news. Seriously? Your portaying Alta as a racist high school, and this is the only incident of it’s kind. Stop over exaggerating things.

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  110. Posted by SLC Mom on March 22, 2011 at 5:24 am

    The actions by this “popular” student are inexcusable. He was cruel, arrogant, and insensitive, to say the least. I am even more appalled and saddened to read the comments of so many who defend, minimize, and/or applaud such disdainful behavior.

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  111. Posted by Taylor English on March 22, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Oh my bad, Ashley is on the other blog.

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  112. Posted by Rachelle on March 22, 2011 at 5:26 am

    I find it very interesting that the biggest majority or “McKay supporters” dont have the courage to even state their name. Rather they put “anonymous” “…..” or something else that shows how much of a coward they truely are. Good for you Larz for standing up for what you believe in. I am so passionate about this. As a mother to 2 bi-racial children I am very concerned with how this was handled by the school administration. How anyone can excuse this to the kid being naive or just ignorant is appalling. Larz get sleep tonight and comfort in knowing that McKay and his family are sitting at home right now embarrassed and mortified for his actions. This is a reflection of how he was raised. I am in no way saying his parents are racist, but clearly as another lady above put it, this kid is a spoiled brat. He has not been disciplined properly or he wouldn’t have done this. He has not had to be responsible for his actions up to this point, at least not enough to deter him from making such an idiotic move. I don’t believe he is a racist kid, I do however believe he is truely been one of those kids to get what they want when they want and how they want it. Hopefully his parents learn from this and can make some changes to how they are raising their children. If I was his mom I would be ashamed to show my face in public.

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    • Posted by Jimmy on March 23, 2011 at 3:38 am

      His behavior doesn’t necessarily reflect on his parents-he has his freedom to act stupid if he chooses-maybe embarrassing his family will make him think about his behavior.

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  113. Posted by Salein on March 22, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Over life you tend to realize that racism and prejudice is a key component of life. Unfortunately we still live in a world that taunts over color, hates over sexual orientation, and underpays our women in the work field. It’s natural to be upset, However; i find that where the incident took place, along with the naive teachings of a Utah public high school, that not much can be done about it. It’s great when people get involved, and it’s great when people realize the wrongs of the world, however it’s very superficial, and almost laughable about how people are so willing to be that person who “changes” things.
    It’s a sad reality, but you’re going to be targeted regardless of race, regardless of sex, regardless of lifestyle. African Americans have it just as badly as Caucasians do, who have it just as bad as Hispanics, Irish, German, Dutch, Etc…have it. However, because in history there are Key ethnic groups that come into play It is almost certain that most will assume they are still the ones still pushed below as if inferior to the rest.

    Anyways, My opinion is: I’m half Mexican, and now and days with all the comments about immigration, all the comments about choosing one or the other is just something that you’ll always run in to. It’s unfortunate as I’ve stated above, but you have to move forward. Get the frustrations out, but don’t ever assume you know the situation. From what it sounds like the kid thought it was a joke, and although it was upsetting for you, the thing is something that is upsetting for you won’t be to other people. Symbols are only powerful if you let them be, and negative symbols only last because people are not able move forward, and stop dwelling in the past.

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  114. Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Yes let the parents suffer. Are you telling me you never did anything in your life to embarrass your parents. This will destroy his family and your ok with that. The kid made a really bad mistake. A mistake that did not need to be broadcast all over the media. It could have been handled within the school and should have been. Were you there. How do you know what the school did and didnt do? This boy Larz ruined not just the boys familys reputation but also the schools reputation. The police were called on this did you know that? Just to attract attention to it. Its sad that this family has to suffer for a stupid mistake their son made. While Larz is real proud of himself for attracting all this media attention when maybe his bullying in that very school should be brought to the media’s attention.

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    • Posted by antoine dodson on March 23, 2011 at 4:09 am

      joe, by the time a kid is 16 he needs to realize that everything he does is representing someone else. The kid was a football player, try and tell me that his coach never told him that he shouldn’t play for himself and play for his team. coaches drill that in your head, like before prom they tell you to not go out and smoke weed and get drunk because it is a privilege to be on the team and represent them. he knew his actions represented his school, his parents, and his faith

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      • Posted by joe on March 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm

        Really? At 16? That is exactly when kids dont care about anyone but themselves. Im not saying he didnt know what he was doing. What im saying is im pretty sure his parents didnt know what he was doing and most likely didnt give the go ahead to dress up as the kkk and prance around the school with it. Punish the kid. He certainly deserves it. But leave the punishment with him and not exaggerate the story and take it to the news to sell a book for dad.

  115. Posted by LG on March 22, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Larz,

    I was born and raised in the Salt Lake Valley. I am deeply appalled and saddened to hear about the actions of a student at your school.
    You are correct, there is nothing funny about his “joke.” You are not overreacting. I don’t even know you and I am very proud of you!

    I am so sorry you had to experience this at your school. I also want to commend you for coming forward and asking the school and this kid to confront his actions.

    High school and the nonsense that accompanies it will be over soon. Good luck navigating all of that!

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  116. Posted by Chase Anderson on March 22, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Hello Larz,

    I 100% support you, and I fully understand where you are coming from. Just a little FYI about me. I attended Alta High School and I have four adopted African-American siblings. We’ve experienced underlying racism here in Utah – in regards to the school system. It’s ugly and it’s pervasive. It reminds me of when I was in 5th Grade and I stood up in class because I simply refused to draw a WANTED POSTER of runaway slaves. I was humiliated in front of my peers, and I was visibily shaken. It still is an experience that lives with me to this very day. But, I can assure you that speaking up was the right thing to do. The only way to combat racism is to strongly denounce it and to make it visible. Racism hides well under the banner of joking and humour.

    I just hope that people, including high school students, will have the personal integrity to denounce this sort of blantant racism. Moreover, I hope the administration will be more proactive going forward. It’s simply inexcusable for a student to walk around a school wearing KKK garb – and without any sort of reprimand. I wish you the best of luck going forward, and I respect you for having the personal integrity to NOT accept this sort of humiliation.

    Best,
    Chase Anderson

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  117. Posted by Deb on March 22, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Hi, I saw your story on KSL… that is horrible that people act like that and the school is not more on top of that. I read in your blog your father is writing a book.. Will it be published anytime soon? I just got done reading ‘Black Boy’ by Richard Wright an autobiography of how it was growing up in the Jim Crow South with racism. So when ever your fathers book is published I would love to read it.

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  118. Posted by TayTayfreshman on March 22, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Hi,
    The only reason I’m commenting is because I know the guy who did this. I’m a freshman but all my friends are at Alta. Yes, yes it was a prank. But for Heaven’s sake, this is horrible. I am close with Mac too, but I’m so disappointed. I’m embarassed to say I know him no matter how popular he is. The thing is, he just doesn’t understand. As of many of the kids there. He just wants to impress his friends by doing something SO idiotic. I’m sickened by him right now, I don’t agree at all with what he did. At first I thought it was hilarious, but I obviously was dreaming. I’m proud of you,
    Stay strong.
    PS. Mac is getting a spanking.

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  119. Posted by Sherri on March 22, 2011 at 5:54 am

    I can assure you this is a racist and inappropriate action. Whether this was directed at a black man or seniors dressed in black (which seems to be the get out of jail free card) it is still racist and a disgusting thing to wear unless of course you were at a KKK meeting/rally. White people here in this state are funny, posting comments to get over it, calling this kid “N” like because you didn’t put the rest of the letters it makes it okay. Any other state the boy who donned the white hood would have been beaten. So stop your crying about this kid making a blog about it. This entire state needs sensitivity training in multicultural issues. It should be a required course in all junior highs and then perhaps this stupidness wouldn’t happen and if it did school administration would of handled it immediately and appropriately. Its funny I have to remember not to knock on the neighbors door on Sunday, because that just wouldn’t be right, or in Kaysville my kids can’t practice soccer on Mondays and I should accept that, understand that, when as far as I can tell the state religion is so far mixed in with government , public news, schools and even soccer practice it is nearly illegal. I have to accept, understand the basis and respect the beliefs, but some of you get to determine how a black man feels about a white hood or better yet how he should feel. And white people stop saying you have black friends or one black friend this does not mean your not racist if anything it highlights the fact that you are. If you truly weren’t you wouldn’t need to explain the demographics of your friends. The racism in this state is horrific and silent which makes it worse, because even the black people seem to smile and go along just to get along, or they have lived here all their life and don’t know anything different, they think its normal to be treated and talked to like they are less than. And white folks who insist on saying this black kid was there and wasn’t offended and this black kid makes racist jokes all the time, I say to you if I threw you in the middle of West Africa and whites were only 2% of the population how quickly you would start being self destructive and self debasing if thats what was normal in your surroundings. We learn to get along, thats generally what we do as humans. Don’t confuse that with not being offended, you would be mistaken.

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    • Posted by antoine dodson on March 23, 2011 at 4:05 am

      if he would have done that at my high school i know of at least 100 kids who would have straight got up and stomped the cracka’s ass

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      • Posted by Should-be-sleeping on March 23, 2011 at 8:53 am

        @ Antoine: On a scale from 1 to 10 you’re at a 10 when it comes to racism, you piece of shit.

  120. Posted by Taylor on March 22, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Just read about this on Desert news website. I think it’s great you took a stand and did this. To many people today have become complacent with racist “jokes” and I too am sick of it. Kudos to you for taking a stand and doing what is right and shame on anyone brushing this off as “just a joke”

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    • Posted by Cheech on March 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      Were you there? Shut up because larz is lying to make this seem worse than it is. He’s a bully at alta high school. And nobody approached him. Hes doing this for attention and publicity for his dads book. You have no idea what your talking about…

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  121. Posted by Emily on March 22, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Sounds like the school system could use a bit more educating in the history department. Intent aside, if the “kid” (we’re not talking elementary here) actually knew the facts and history behind the symbol, he probably wouldn’t have done it. Education is the key here, and your junior year in high school is a little late to be learning such a lesson. Schools need to step up and students need to behave.

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  122. Posted by West High Alumni on March 22, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I am an alumni of West High (students from Glendale and Rose Park). I have friends of many different races and we rag on each others race all the time. We know that we are joking and don’t mean the things we say. However we don’t do it around other people who may find it offensive. This is not an issue of what the student intended to convey by wearing the hood but of the act itself. There are just some things you do not do and this falls in that category.

    I think both teens are kind of stuck right now. Mckay doesn’t want to be branded as a racist and Larz doesn’t want this issue to be marginalized.

    McKay you need to man up and admit that what you did was REALLY stupid. You might not have intended for anyone to be offended or meant to hurt anyone but you really need to look at it from his point of view.

    Larz I think it’s important what you are sticking up for but I have to ask what more do you want?. I don’t know the entire story but from what I can tell Mckay was suspended and the school district is investigating the school administrators and taking this issue very seriously. I can see in your writing that you are very angry and have a valid reason to be. But the “peace” that you spoke of will not come if you label everyone who has a different oppinion as you do as a racist. You are generalizing an entire school and community because of the actions of one individual and his close friends.

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    • Posted by fack on March 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      Mackay has already admitted (More than once) that what he did was stupid and wrong. larz just needs to get over himself

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      • Posted by CHINKMAN on March 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm

        LOL thanks for deleting my post.. what other choice does mCkay Have then to say he was wrong? u fuking got the press on him so all he can do is back down. Dont act like your big LOL. ur just a fuking pussy. Im going to laugh when u get Fuck up at school. Dood u went and told your dad seriously? What, does your dad hold your ballz when u take a shit? hahahaha ur pathetic dood. why All of the colored people know that this was a joke as well.. ur the only one who is taking it in the ass so lighten up and grow a sack. Nuff said

      • Posted by Scooby3 on March 23, 2011 at 5:00 am

        Very well put, Fack.

      • Posted by Ashamed Former Hawk on March 30, 2011 at 5:17 am

        You’re a dumb bitch “CHINKMAN” and that’s all you will ever be.

  123. Posted by Alice on March 22, 2011 at 7:33 am

    As a parent reading this saddens me to no end. We live in Eagle Mountain so my daughters do not attend Alta High. In the High school here this NEVER would have been tolerated!!!
    I am white but have bi-racial cousins as well as being born in Germany to a German mother. I’m not sure what part of what these immature boys did was supposed to be funny. Those who thought it was funny are simply showing how immature and ignorant they are as well. There is nothing funny about people being hung and homes being burnt to the ground with families in them. There is nothing funny about a dictator making the decision on who lives and who dies and then making them walk to where they will be burned to death. I’ve also lived outside of Chicago where my 4 year old daughter was threatened by a teenager with a knife simply for riding her bike on the sidewalk in front of the teenager’s home. My daughter was blind to color until that happened and it took years for her to get over her fear of people of color. Racism sadly still lives in America and it comes from people of ALL races. I’m so glad you stood up for what you know is right and WRONG and that you are willing to fight against it. Best of luck to you. Something tells me you may end up becoming an attorney someday :)

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  124. Posted by Alfred de Kok. on March 22, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Hell, if you get this upset just seeing a white hood, what you gonna say when you see the noose, LOL?
    Grow a pair of balls you little prick. If you can´t laugh at yourself you are taking yourself far too seriously. Maybe you think that by making a big deal out of this you are gonna end up being some sort of Jesse Jackson? Hey, there´s an idea. Just think. You could flunk your collage exams and still get rich without working in a real job.

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    • Posted by Me/You on March 23, 2011 at 3:29 am

      You’re a stinkin Jerk
      It’s people like you who continue to teach our kids today hate and then laugh about it and say it’s ok. We wonder where they get it from. We wonder why its so hard for everybody to live together and move forward while living and working with people like you. Can’t say it loud enough. You are disgrace to this country. If we were at war together and you were in a jam and stuck, you would be the first person to stick your hand out for help from someone of another race as you.

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    • Posted by Steve on March 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      If you understood what the white hood really symbolizes, then you would not joke about it.

      “Hell, if you get this upset just seeing a white hood, what you gonna say when you see the noose, LOL?”

      LOL–Really– Saying or doing something offensive and then saying it was just a joke does not make your action any less offensive.

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  125. Hi Larz,

    I don’t know you personally, but I am so proud of you for putting yourself out there and taking a stand against racism/hatred in all its various forms. It is sad to see how slow the administration responded to the racist acts that happened at your school. Please know that many of us are inspired by your courage and stand in solidarity with you! Keep up the awesome work!!!

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  126. Posted by Laurie on March 22, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I’m 42, white, female and unfortunately have been in Utah too long. What I find most disturbing and stomach turning about this are the above comments defending this idiot kid who wore the hood. ‘Oh, it was a joke’, ‘Get over it, he didn’t mean anything by it’, ‘Why are you making such a big deal?’
    Are you serious?! Youth truly is wasted on the young and the young really do have undeveloped and malfunctioning brains. MORE needs to be said, only the weak and compliant stay silent and the hatred multiplies. The perp knew exactly what he was doing and what he MEANT by pulling on that pointed, white hood. Only a fool and a moron would think that was acceptable, just a joke or not that big of a deal.
    That was nothing BUT a deliberate act of provocation and idiocy not to mention one of the most ICONIC and horrible world wide known images of hatred and fear.
    Shame on you who are okay with this and think its all been blown out of proportion. Where do you draw the line?

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    • Posted by antoine dodson on March 23, 2011 at 4:00 am

      enough said. kids in utah are straight up stupid and stuck up

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    • Posted by Dallas on March 31, 2011 at 5:52 am

      I absolutely agree (with the original comment and not necessarily the reply).
      Remember that caricature that caused an uproar of Nazism? Ring any bells? This is fucking ridiculous. This was a much more blatant disregard for any form of human sensitivity or any morals whatsoever. As it seems, this kid and his idiotic friends haven’t a care in the world for either of those things but this is horrendous and should be stopped. You bystanders who are DEFENDING this person are just as mentally screwed up.
      That also goes for the commenters who are taking the “Fuck white people, honkies, hicks” approach. I’m white, southern and fucking sick of this bull shit. Skin color is just that-skin color. It’s as important as eye or hair color. The only difference I acknowledge when I see or meet anyone of any race is that of their heritage, history, culture. And it’s educational. Judging for things as ludicrous as one’s skin is THE MOST MORONIC ACTION EVER. Stop being an ass hole. Stop defending this ass hole and take a stand for the greater good.

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  127. Posted by 2btru on March 22, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I thank you Larz for standing up. It is plain to see that the student wearing the KKK symbol planned his ‘drama’ in a pre-meditated sort of way. He KNEW the type of reaction he would get from some individuals. He KNEW that he might get called to the office, have his hands slapped, told, “Now, Billy, don’t do those kinds of things.” This is NOT a stupid mistake. THIS IS RACISM!!! AND, for ANYONE of you to call it anything less than that, is to turn a blind eye and to BE ONE (RACIST) YOURSELF, because you are a stand-by perpetrator. SHAME on YOU!!! And SHAME ON YOUR ADMINISTRATION!!! AND SHAME ON YOUR PARENTS if they’re not upset by this behavior. And SHAME ON YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT if they do not call for some accountability of the student, his parents, the administration and the student body at Alta High. This behavior is the tip of the iceberg, and it ought to upset you ALL! @JOE–Larz did NOTHING but REPORT unconscionable behavior that SHOULD have been rightfully reported. THE YOUNG MAN and HIS VERY RACIST and STUPID choices are what brought the police and the ruined reputation. He was smirky and smart mouthed about the whole thing. He should have a ruined reputation, by HIS OWN CHOICE, not anyone else’s. Forgiveness is possible, IF the apologies are sincere. BUT, he shouldn’t be worried about getting it from Larz. He should be more concerned about getting it from his God.

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    • Posted by White Power on March 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Go cry on your nigger husband who is in jail.

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    • Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      Ok ill bite. No the media didnt need to be involved in this. Its not just this kids reputation that is destroyed, which i believe it should BTW. Its the kids poor family that has been destroyed by this. Have you not heard? Guess what? Now we find out Larz’s father is writing a book about this terrible ordeal his poor son had to go through. So go run to Amazon and wait for it. His family is shattered and the school is being dragged through the mud. The boy was immediately suspended for his actions. What did you want the school to do? Lynch the white boy? The tip of the iceburg? REALLY? What is wrong with you people? You act as if this world hasnt changed. Of course it has. Is Larz forced to ride at the back of the bus to school every day? Good lord. Yes the other boy was absolutely in the wrong. IF i were his father i dont know what id do. How many of us have done things in our lives that our parents would have been ashamed of? They are the victims in this! Not LARZ and his FATHER who is now writing a book. So run out and show your support for only 24.95.

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      • Posted by Steve on March 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm

        Larz did not destroy the boys family, it is arrogant and ignorant for you to even think that.

    • Posted by West High Alumni on March 23, 2011 at 7:23 am

      People can have different oppinion and not be racists. The people that are supporting him are doing it because they are better friends with Mckay than they are with Larz. Yeah what the kid did was really stupid and very offensive. Does it means he hates black people? No, it means he is a dumbass jock football player who didn’t think his “joke” through and realize how many people would be hurt by his actions.

      Should we punish him for life because of this mistake? Should we label anyone who doesn’t support how Larz handled the issue as a racist? Should we label an entire school and community as racist because they didn’t immediately vilify the student? What Mckay did was wrong but Larz is also in the wrong for trying to humiliate the teen and calling the police. Just because he is black does not mean he can do no wrong. To call everyone racist who doesn’t agree with him is just stupid.

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  128. It is not the KKK killing blacks, its blacks themselves. What are the rape stats on black on white women vs white men raping black women? Who are the REAL terrorists in the USA? I think the answer is obvious, unless you are a racist against whites.

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    • Posted by Ashamed Former Hawk on March 30, 2011 at 5:21 am

      What about the stats on white heterosexual men being child molesters? Ever think of that you racist bigot?

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  129. Posted by ADiamond on March 22, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Okay, so now let’s blame Larz for someone else’s bad behavior. I could give a damn about anyone’s reputation here. This is about racism. Anything related to the KKK or Hitler or the like isn’t funny and being ignorant isn’t an excuse. Larz should be proud of himself. He has the guts to do what needed to be done and he showed his face to the public while doing it. Until you’ve lived with racism, sexism, ageism or any other form of discrimination you have no room to talk. I hope his family is embarrassed and ashamed. If my child did something like this, I’d suck it up and make the little brat publicly apologize and spend some time at the museum of tolerance in LA and do some community service. This is a bunch of uneducated rhetoric. Blame yourself, not Lars, Blame the idiots who did this, not Lars. Good luck, Joe.

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    • Posted by L Warren on March 22, 2011 at 7:09 pm

      I wholeheartedly agree. I have to add that it is a sorry excuse for a school whose administrators turned a blind eye to such garbage.

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  130. Posted by Alta dude on March 22, 2011 at 11:51 am

    2011 and still nothing has changed. Don’t blame the kid for the hood blame his stupid parents. Utah is the most ass backwards state in the nation. Unless they cause physical hard to you. let it go. whites are suppose to be the greatest race on this planet but yet they are some of the dumbest people i know. Just watch the new. enough said !

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  131. Posted by Dana on March 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    While I am a parent, and not a student, I do have two daughters that attend ALTA High. I also know the young man in so question and I know his family. You, my friend, are blowing this so way out of proportion! What was meant as a harmless prank, now has out cries of KKK and racism??? A young man is beyond shattered because of this, and to use this as a platform to say that your Father is now writing a book because he has been treated so poorly…. My daughters were also there that day, and their version of the story is so different from yours. Yes, this young man got caught up doing something he thought was “silly” during spirit week. Let’s crucify a sixteen year old kid…….. who now feels shattered, and so does his family. This kind of out of control blogging is downright disgusting, talk about making a mountain out of a molehill. Oh, by the way?? He has MANY friends of all races, not just white.

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    • Posted by A on March 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      Then he shouldnt of done it if he has friends that are different race talk about disrespectful… talk about burn on his friends part… regardless if it was a prank or not…. he shouldn’t have done it… talk about his parents… hmm my eyes bad parenting skills…. and on top of it all you were not there you probably white just like me how would we know how it truly feels??? we wouldn’t. and how do you know your kids are telling the truth… guess your kids are perfect. PROBABLY NOT! :)

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    • Posted by Krizzle on March 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      As a fellow alumni it’s embarrassing that a parent would condone this behavior. What he did is not simply a “silly” action. He’s making light of groups that symbolize hate. That is the opposite of what spirit week stands for.
      It’s also scary that you’re supporting what this “poor” sixteen year old did because if you’re supporting it so are your children. Thus the cycle of overlooking acts such as this continues.
      The KKK nor Nazi’s are funny. It’s not a funny subject. At least I don’t remember laughing when I was taught about WWII or human rights. Perhaps they’re teaching differently now.

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    • Posted by antoine dodson on March 23, 2011 at 3:57 am

      are there even more than 2 black people in utah

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  132. Posted by Altar senior 2 on March 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Its a fact that whites are thr best people on earth lowest crime rate/ lowest population of race prison facts are facts go sell some more drugs and rape some more wemon making are county worse is all you are doing.

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    • Posted by wp on March 22, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      hells yeah i love WEMON!!!!!!!!!

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    • Posted by Rolltide on March 23, 2011 at 4:57 am

      HAHA NAGGERS!

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    • Posted by Ashamed Former Hawk on March 30, 2011 at 5:41 am

      You are behind on the evolutionary chain that I’m pretty sure you’re just a measly bacterium troll. Yes, the supreme “white” race that have killed millions upon millions in pointless religious wars, witch burnings, civil wars, slavery, hate crimes, rape… the list goes on. You’re not better than any person of any other colour, sex, or orientation you dumbass human being.

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  133. Posted by general lee on March 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    this is a joke taken way to far! white power! the south will rise again…

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  134. Posted by Darth Vader on March 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    everyone who thinks that this was serious is an outrageous tool. It was just a joke. stop being fucking cry baby bitches. its life. its not like he came to school with a knife and threatened to kill all the black kids at school.

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  135. Posted by fack on March 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    ok this kid is so white its not even funny… hahahahaha lars be ready to have yor fucking white ass handed to u for bein a pussy… im a damn chink and i know it was a joke. u really went nd told ur dad? tell me does he hold ur ballz when u take a shit? LOLOL. or does he hold ur porn up for u while u jack off? hmmm tell me…..

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  136. Posted by A on March 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I was reading your blog and I am glad you are standing up for this I have lived in utah my whole life. I am a white girl but do not see a difference in race everyone is equal in my eyes. I am no longer in high school that is where I have seen racism the most. I remember walking the halls in high school and seeing that all the whites would hang out all the mexicans would hangout and all the blacks would hangout rarely you would see a mix. but that was at riverton high school more south you go the more clicks you will see and groups of race stay together… But when I went to west jordan middle school I never really saw alot of that all of us would hang out whites, mexicans, blacks and ect. I am glad you are sticking up for yourself and not only yourself as well as others… some blacks cant stand whites and ect… so you are sticking up for all that have been picked on by different race… Thank you! for being so young, so bold, having a mind set of your own, and not thinking on what others think… you are an inspiration :)

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  137. Posted by Scooter on March 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    EVERYONE SHOULD JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP FOR LIKE 4 SECONDS. I go to Alta High School and I’m chill as fuck. I hang out with Mackay on a regular basis and he is also chill as fuck. I can’t think of one person that is truly racist here at Alta and I hang out with a large majority of kids. It was fucking spirit bowl, seniors wear black, juniors wear white. He put on that mask to give shit to the seniors not black people. To think otherwise you are a fucking moron. There is a reason no one is doing anything…Its because it wasnt a big deal. He isn’t going around hanging blacks, kicking their asses, or other racist shit. Whether you think it was a funny joke or not it was intended for the seniors. In no way, shape, or form is mackay racist. So get a life Larz. I cant believe no one realizes Larz and his father are just doing this as a publicity stunt. You are all ignorant. Mackay is 17 years old and doesnt know any better. He was punished. So get over it.

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    • Posted by James Brown on March 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      Scooter, you my friend are an idiot! You’re post does nothing but tarnish even more the very reputation you are trying to save. I’m not surprised one bit someone with a mouth like yours is standing up for the clown who pulled this so called “prank.” Nothing but a bunch of punk kids with no respect for other people or races.

      How in the world anyone says “this is a joke” or “just let it go” or “it wasn’t meant as racist” is completely beyond me. What color is the cloak and gown? What does the cloak and gown represent? What color were the Juniors wearing? What color were the people who were attacked by the KKK? What color were the Seniors wearing? And yet people are really on here saying this wasn’t racist? Give me a break. Look at the parrallels. It was blatantly racist.

      Joe, I agree with the the fact the kid probably feels bad about it and probably does regret it. However, it shouldn’t matter if it embarasses his family or not. That is a consequence of his action. My kid would be on the receiving end of a belt if he ever pulled a “prank” like that. Yeah I would be embarassed, but that comes with the territory of your kid making a stupid decision. I bet Charles Mansons parents were embarassed as well, that doesn’t change the fact the story shouldn’t be kept out of the news. It comes down to the parents. They should have taught him that his decisions sometimes have an effect on those other than himself. By the sounds of previous comments, they have failed to do so.

      I’m not standing up for Lars saying he is a Saint. I don’t know him personally, nor do I know the other kid. We have all made mistakes, but we need to be accountable for these mistakes.

      Oh, and Joe, if Lars is indeed doing this to promote a book, I’m sure he thanks you. You are the only one who keeps bringing that fact up in the posts. I’m sure he appreciates the publicity you keep giving Amazon and his book. You obviously fell into his trap. There’s an old saying “Publicity is good no matter what. Whether it is positive or negative, people are still talking about it.” Do me and everyone else a favor here, and stop talking about it.

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    • Posted by L Warren on March 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      So what you’re saying is that Mackay or whoever else did this, are stupid enough to think promoting hatred is a joke? You can wear white in any number of ways, you don’t have to be offensive about it. Maybe, just maybe, some of those seniors that this joke was targeting might have found it offensive too but decided to let it slide. The truly ignorant are people who either think things like this don’t affect others or who can’t find a more clever way to joke about things.

      I’m sure there are things you care about and if someone did something to offend you, I doubt you’d be ‘chill as fuck’ then.

      Your apathy makes me sick.

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    • Posted by Jessica Cassity on March 23, 2011 at 6:33 am

      True that.

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  138. Posted by general lee on March 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    you took this joke way to far… white power! the south will rise again

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  139. Posted by Krizzle on March 22, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Hi Larz,
    As a fellow alumni of Alta High I just wanted to convey my feelings of what you witnessed. I was completely appalled to say the least when I heard of this on the news this morning.
    Racist was never a term associated with Alta when I went to school. A little stuck up but never racist. I was never bullied, never called names. Being non LDS I was sure that I would have had a problem but that never was an issue. So to hear this is going on at Alta is pretty embarrassing.
    I hope the staff takes this seriously and puts a stop to it immediately. High school should be a positive experience that everyone should take advantage of and it’s horrible that fellow students feel they can take this positive experience away. You’re a role model for all those out there who are a victim to school bullying that you don’t have to put up with it. Way to go to take a stand :)

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    • Posted by Dude, really? on March 22, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      Your an idiot…

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    • Posted by Anonymous on March 23, 2011 at 5:07 am

      Hi krizzle, as a fellow STUDENT of Alta high, I actually know what happened unlike your ignorant comment you just posted. When this was going on larz WAS NOT called names. The kid was showing junior spirit In a way that was not good, but regardless it was a joke aimed at the seniors. Next time please know what the hell you are talking about before talking. Thanks! :)

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      • Posted by Krizzle on March 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm

        The kid was showing junior spirit? How is dressing up like the KKK a joke aimed at the seniors? Wow this definitely says a lot about the future “leaders” of our Country. Do the world a favor and grow up.

      • Posted by Anonymous on March 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm

        Hey krizzle, since you are an alumni, do you remember what senior color is or is your head too far up your ass to remember? The junior color is WHITE and the senior color is BLACK. Now do you get the joke? Haha how ironic that you were making fun of the future leaders when you can’t see past a little joke. Don’t tell me to grow up until you get your ignorance worked out ok? Larz lied about half the stuff so stop posting on here like you know what happened!

    • Posted by Rolltide on March 23, 2011 at 5:12 am

      cunt

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  140. Posted by Highland High D104 class on March 22, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    We fully support you in taking a stand against racism and being proud of who you are. Keep being a strong individual and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. We are very proud of you! We stand behind you.
    Sincerely,
    Susan, Jodi, Ashley, Danielle, Grati, and Kendall

    Keep your head up!

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  141. Posted by general lee on March 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    faggot

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  142. Posted by Darth Vader on March 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Everyone who thinks that this was serios is an outrageous tool. It was a joke, calm the fuck down. stop taking everything so seriously. We are in high school. Stop pittying your self just because you are black.

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  143. Posted by Kalli on March 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    You have a lot of courage. I’m so happy that you stood up to him. racism is unacceptable even if it is a joke.

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  144. Posted by I so hate black people on March 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Dude… it’s highschool, calm down… Kids have done much worse, and it was a joke, a stupid joke yes but a joke… I really doubt anyone at alta is honestly racist… He didn’t go to you with a knife did he? No… Calm down.

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  145. Posted by SLC Mom on March 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    The actions of the “popular” student were clearly premeditated. If he was not aware that he committed a racist act, he has hopefully now realized this, will not do so again, and should be forgiven. What is more appalling and alarming is the number of both youth and adults who have defended, minimized, and even applauded such behavior. The faliure of Alta High administration to have immediately dealt with this situation is inexcusable and revealing about their own values. Larz is to be commended for not allowing this incident to be ignored and tolerated. “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

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  146. Posted by Dude, really? on March 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I saw this happen from the senior side… I didn’t see anything that you were talking about and I was there the entire time watching the kid because I saw him before the assembly. Honestly I don’t think it was a racist thing as more of a joke for the seniors because we wear all black… he wasn’t targeting blacks… he was going after seniors. And he only put it on once… retard calm down.

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  147. Posted by Chris Bergin on March 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Breanne Jensen looks real good today.

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  148. Posted by cheryl on March 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    To Dana: A harmless prank?! How is that in ANY way harmless or funny? You are a parent yet you seem to be blinded by the friendship you have with the student in question. All of our children SHOULD be tought right from wrong, to respect others, to show compassion and care. They also need to be held responsible for thier actions. Teach him now and hopefully as an adult he will make better choices. Altar senior 2: Sweetie investigate before speaking. You should also look into some tutoring, your spelling is at a 6th grade level at best. Its wild how many of you are on here claiming there is NO racist actions at Alta yet all of your post have just confirmed and supported this claim. Larz…follow through with what you were taught. Stand by what you know is right. Apparently half of the parents at this school need a lesson, and it looks like your the one to teach it!

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  149. Posted by Dj on March 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    white power Fuck niggers!!!

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  150. Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Cracks me up. How quick the real purpose of this blog comes out. Now everyone the boys father is going to write a book on this horrible experience so hurry up and run to Amazon. He is using this as a platform to get rich quick. It doesnt matter who he destroys in the process. Try getting a damn job Larz and working for a living instead of trying to exploit an opportunity to get rich. Yeah what the kkk boy did was wrong. He was punished!! End of story. Now go to amazon cause im writing a book too on how Larz and his father have exploited a situation for their own financial gain and destroyed a community in the process.

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    • Posted by Really Get Real on March 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      You should reread the blog…His father is writing a book about his life, not about what happened at Alta.

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      • Posted by joe on March 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm

        Hes using this as a platform to promote the book. Regardless of what the book is about. In the meantime ruining peoples lives by exaggerating what actually happened.

    • Posted by Javon on March 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      I am a black senior at Alta High School, and was there for this incident. I was sitting 3 rows behind where this happened and saw this whole incident first hand. I agree that wearing a hood like that is ignorant and dumb, but Larz if you’re going to try and make a case here don’t tell so many lies. This is not AT ALL how this story happened! I was right there and you provoked this more than anyone! The whole school knew that was in no way directed towards race. I’m glad you got your fame and are trying to ruin a good kids life, but I’m thinking about writing a blog and telling the whole truth. Before people rush to judgement about what happened in this case, realize Larz is fabricating the truth immensely, and if anyone wants to know the real story, please feel free to check out my blog with evidence on the story. This whole blog is just a bunch of dumb high school kids, and Larz I saw you in the library yesterday on this site writing a bunch of comments on this blog saying it was written by other people. I know you want this story to become huge and are doing everything in your power to make it huge, but realize I’m glad you showed everyone how racially naive Utah is and I’m glad you are putting our black rights on the front line of the news, but to what extent are you doing this all? Are you willing to tarnish a kids life that has made NUMEROUS attempts to apologize to you, has been suspended five days, has a district hearing coming up, and has already served 20 hours of community service for his action. I was able to see McKay at the store and he was devestated for what this has become. He is one of the most genuinely caring and nice people I know and he obviously feels extreme remorse and sadness for what this has become. I was in the cafeteria yesterday when he tried to call you again and apologize and you in front of all of your friends said I’m gonna make this bitch pay for what he did to me earlier this year. You are trying to take out personal revenge on a kid for truly thoughtless mistake. I do not feel for you in any way Larz, I was black and right there and you are making this story into something it was not. If this was truly a racial issue, I would be on the front lines making sure that McKay and anyone involved were punished as much as possible, but the fact is, I can sleep at night knowing that I saw what really happened and this has blown SO FAR out of proportion. I hope you get whatever type of feeling of satisfaction you are desiring, but for those of us who want others to learn from this experience and be better people from having seen or experienced this, I feel like you are taking this to a whole new level. Just realize people are watching and investigating Alta High School, and for you to be saying “I’m gonna screw McKay, who cares about race in any of this” is going to be heard by enough people or recorded so that they will see your true intentions. In conclusion, I am not taking this situation lightly and am glad to see McKay got punished and people are able to learn from this. Race is never something to be joked with and I hope this can be a learning experience for all of us. I hope the truth of the whole story comes out and no ones life is ruined over a truly thoughtless mistake.

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      • Posted by joe on March 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm

        Lets all hope your post stays up and is viewed by all the wackos on this page. Your post was very thoughtful and respectfully said. Thank you for putting the truth out there. I really hope you do start a blog. Good luck in your future endeavors.

      • Posted by Steve on March 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm

        Javon,

        Thanks for having the courage to stand up and say what really went down. It takes a lot of strength and integrity to stand up and go against the flow of hate coming from those that were not there and did not witness the incident.

        As a black kid growing up in a predominantly white society I’m sure you have had to endured a lot of ignorance in your life. I hope Mackay learns from this and becomes a little less ignorant. I have nothing but respect for your decision to stand up and shed so much light on this tragedy. It’s too bad Larz has decided to blow it out of proportion and manipulate the situation for personal gain. One can only guess at his motives.

      • Posted by Cash Money on March 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm

        this is the best and most truthful comment i have read. thank goodness for the voice of reason! i hope that lars realizes how stupid he is being by blowing this issue out of proportion. If lars is gonna make this a huge issue make it something that is a legitimate issue and not some bull shit story. his account was completely false. Lars. you are doing SO MUCH MORE damage to Mckay and this racial issue than mckay wearing the mask at the spirit bowl because you are not being intellectually honest!

      • Posted by el12 on March 24, 2011 at 12:50 am

        GREAT comment!! anyone who knows mackay at all knows that, yeah, he was being dumb, but thats all.

    • Posted by Ace on March 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      Joe,
      Larz and his father did not make the student in question do what he did. If Larz and his father can further their economic or
      educational goals because of this it is only because they have taken lemons and made the proverbial lemonade. Hazzaa to them for being smart enough to look opportunity in the eye and make use of it. Exploit is only a bad word if you are not educated. Your community is looking at destruction because of the student who decided putting a white KKK looking hood on his head was a good idea and because those in the community that raised this imbecile tolerate this behaviour with no consequences. Joe if you have something of value to say and can exploit your talents then do so i would gladly look on amazon for your publication. However I must say if you were educated at ALTA High school in Utah your chances are not looking good….You might want to get more education first.

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      • Posted by joe on March 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

        Again all you people know how to do is insult my intelligence. First of all i grew up and graduated from High School and College in the great state of Maryland. Im a business owner here in Utah yes and have been here for about 8 years. I work hard for what i get in life. The American dream right? What have you done in life Ass Hole?

    • Posted by ladyhawk on March 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm

      FINALLY SOMEONE THAT GETS IT!

      As soon as I read that his father was writing a book, this whole situation started to make sense. Larz took an incident that, yes, may have been inappropriate, but instead of handling it in an adult like manner, he called daddy to take care of it.

      Larz-you should have been a man and figured this out privately. Instead you blew it way out of proportion. I mean seriously Larz… The news?! You have given everyone at Alta a bad name, and destroyed his future!

      You should be ashamed!

      But hey, even though you just ruined a poor boys life, it’s free publicity for daddy, right?!

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    • Posted by Should-be-sleeping on March 23, 2011 at 9:01 am

      Too bad Oprah is going off the air this year or she could have invited him to be a guest on her show!

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  151. Posted by Unbelievable on March 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Not knowing something is often more comfortable than knowing it. I applaud you for the way you have handled this situation. It is sad to see that some of the high school students think that this behavior is okay because they feel that this was just a JOKE. It’s a JOKE that a few handful of students do not realize the history behind the KKK organization. Hailing Hitler? How is this a joke? They both stood for HATE and killed people who were not white. Again, how is this funny? This type of behavior should NOT be tolerated. Maybe Alta High School can show these kids a few slideshows of what the KKK did to African American people as well as Hitler and the thousands of Jews he and his army killed. And then tell us how you find this funny? For those students who are of ethnic background and too finds this a joke–you must be a follower and weren’t raised to be a leader. A leader stands up for what is right and is not afraid to voice their opinions. A follower will go with the crowd, will never be heard and in the end will be the joke.

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  152. Posted by alta student 026 on March 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    maybe if alta wernt being racist they could have actually won a football game

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  153. Posted by johnnyquest on March 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Really? This was ‘just a joke’ and everyone should just chill out about it? Some ‘jokes’ are not funny, and have no place in schools, or even in public at all. Whether or not this deserves more punishment or action by the school’s administrators, this kid deserves some respect for standing up for himself.

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  154. Posted by White Power on March 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    And does his dad even know how to wright? he is a black probley grow up in jail so he probley can even Wright.

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    • Posted by Altahasntchanged on March 29, 2011 at 11:58 am

      “Wright”? You mean right, and probably instead of “probley”, and you may even want to capitalize the H in “he”… Looks like you’re the one who “grew up in jail.”

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  155. Posted by A Lovell on March 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Way to take a stand, Larz. I admire your courage. It’s people like you who bring about real change for the better.

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  156. Posted by TW on March 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Want to know what bugs me the most in reading all of these comments? It’s the language and grammar that these kids are using. Is that really how parents and schools are educating these kids? SAD. It’s obvious that this kid wasn’t targeting anyone specifically. He was targeting the seniors. It’s still so stupid! Do kids really not learn about the significance of the KKK and Hitler? I’m glad that this made the news. I hope that more schools will take notice and educated students more.

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  157. Posted by bro#69 on March 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    you took this way to far dude. everyone who thinks that he did this to make fun of black people is an outrageous tool. it was towards the seniors because we were wearing BLACK. Take a joke and stop being a class “A” pussy.

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  158. Posted by utah gal on March 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    It was wrong to make a racist joke. If what I’ve heard is true, then the kid has tried to apologize and you are refusing to listen and are now slandering a school. If you have had such problems at this school why have you not transferred? Why have you not left such a terrible situation? It’s typical that you would take the victim mentality instead of trying to take a higher approach. Racism is bad, but so is slander and making a bad situation worse because you want to beat a dead horse.

    Also, if fred phelps and westboro baptist church are still allowed to protest military funerals….then first amendment says freedom of speech is acceptable for hate speech. It sucks. It’s wrong, but that’s how it is. Lay off it Larz and family. You all are a disgrace to the minority community. And as another minority to another, you are why people hate us so bad.

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  159. Posted by Brenna Logan on March 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I love niggers. they have the best lips and the biggest wieners.

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  160. Posted by Brenna Logan on March 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I love Black guys they have big lips and big black wieners! uh it is so Hot!!!!

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  161. Posted by bro#69 on March 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Bro you are taking this way to seriously. everyone who thinks that this wasnt a joke is an outrageous tool. Take a joke and stop being a class “A” pussy. I love you scooter. MLIB

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  162. Posted by Wade on March 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    You should feel proud of yourself and in good company for standing up against this display and against all of those who support that kind of racist display.
    Many on here are defending the kid who wore the mask stating that his actions were directed at the senior class (because they wore black for the bowl) or that the kid acting in ignorance. You cannot have both, and neither is acceptable. If this kid was making a statement about the seniors by wearing a KKK hood in response to the black clothes they were wearing, then he must be aware of the hatred and history associated with the KKK, and should have been able to make the connection that his actions were not right. Even if he were in an all white school, wearing KKK apparel would be wrong. Racism should never be tolerated and ignorance should never be held as an excuse for horrid behavior.
    If he were acting in ignorance and had no idea that his actions were distasteful, then the school and the Utah educational system should be embarrassed by how badly they have dropped the ball in this situation. I do not believe that this child was ignorant in his action, and I feel that the school should be held accountable for the hostile environment that they helped to create.
    The next question I have is: why aren’t the police involved in this? Hate speech is a crime in Utah and wearing a KKK hood is considered to be unprotected and criminal hate speech.

    Keep the faith Larz, stand tall and know change can only be made when light is shone on a horrible situation.

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  163. Posted by mcd on March 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Dear Larz,

    I think what you did was uncalled for. Just think what you are doing to your fellow classmate career. if i were you i would be walking around school with a bag on my head because i would be embarrassed. You and your father took this way to far.

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  164. I just wanted to say it’s truly fantastic that you took to your blog to speak up and out about this incident. You’re clearly a phenomenally bright young man with a great future ahead of him. There will be moments when people try to tear you down for speaking uncomfortable truths. Never let them feel like your job is to keep quiet. There are people all over the United States and indeed the world who understand why you felt you had to speak up about what happened. We support you. We stand with you. And we are emboldened by your courage. Keep on keepin’ on!

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  165. Posted by Sally on March 22, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    LARZ, i understand that you are taken back and offended by the actions of one of your fellow classmates at a spirit bowl. I don’t take racisim lightly at all as well, no one should. Everybodies concerns should be considered and done something about. Although, I know Mackay Dunn. He is probably one of the sweetest kids i have met. He is one kid that i know that is the farthest thing from being racisit. He’s a kid that is trying to enjoy is year at school, and hoping people would have a laugh at his stunt as well. Larz, a lot of people see your concern with this, and appreciate that you have pride about racisism, but don’t think it needed to be taken this far. My feelings towards this, is i think it could be handled a different way. No need for the news, and to get him suspended or in trouble for that matter. Mackay doesn’t want to hurt anyones feelings. He gets along with just about anyone. If you go up to him, explain your concerns, i know he’d be sympathetic and not do this act again. He’s a sweet, caring, fun highschool boy that just wants EVERYBODY to have a good time. Also, i’m sure students do things everyday at your school that people do not like or that they’re not allowd too… We can only worry about ourselves and let the teachers handle the rest. Please really think about what you’re doing. If Mackay were to do that again, that’s one thing, then i’d say take it to the news or someone with higher authority. But, everyone does foolish things in their years. Let Mackay learn from it, and let the school go on. Kids at this age don’t think before they do things at times. Let this be a lesson to all your highschool, and others who hear about this. But please, don’t ruin it for a kid who was just trying to make everyone have a good time.

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  166. Posted by SLDrone on March 22, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Racism and Bigotry cuts both ways

    It is a fallacy to assume the “antic” was racially motivated. Let’s not besmudge the boy, pretend to know his motivations and character, and most importantly let’s not rush to judgement about his upbringing and his family.

    Unless you know him and his family personally, please don’t rush to judge his parents, his neighborhood or him based on a stereotype. Isn’t that the the same mistake the KKK made in the first place?

    We can analyze the action and judge it wrong, but let us not assume to know what the boy was thinking, or more likely NOT thinking.

    I’ve read Mr. Cosby’s blog and also scrolled through the 200 or so comments. There is a common theme. For the most part those that were NOT there assume the boy who donned the hat was racially motivated and react accordingly. Those that WERE there and who know both boys react quite differently, claiming that the boy is in fact not racist but rather “a tool” and clueless as to the history and suffering of blacks and the role the KKK played. Here is what I gather from eyewitness accounts.

    1. The boy in question is not racist, his best friend is black. His antic was focused on the senior “black clad” class and not blacks as a race. Yes it was stupid, but stupid not racially motivated. Rather than being labeled a racist the boy needs some education with regard to the plight of blacks in this country.

    2. Mr. Cosby himself has somewhat of a reputation for using racial slurs and behaving as a bully. He and his father are using this event rather disingenuously for publicity of an upcoming book.

    3. Mr. Cosby is not entirely accurate in his reporting of the event.

    In any event using the media as a tool for a personal vendetta against someone you don’t like personally, well that’s just cowardly.

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  167. Posted by Stonewall Jackson on March 22, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Your an idiot and just jealous cuz you got cut from the football team….WHITE POWER! South Will Rise Again!!

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  168. Posted by Javon on March 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Larz, I am upset that you deleted theh last post that I left this morning to your blog. I find it ridiculous that you are sifting through all the comments and only keeping those that don’t jeopardize your cause. For those that didn’t see my last post, I am a black student at Alta High School. I was 3 rows away from this incident and saw EVERYTHING first hand. What happened was wrong and I am glad that people are becoming educated and realizing race is never something to be joked about. But the story that you are telling on your blog is so ridiculously far from the truth. I am a neutral witness and this is not in anyway even close to what happened. I will be updating this blog in a few days and for those of your that want to hear the story from a neutral witness that saw everything, I encourage you to do so. Your story is so fabricated and exaggerated that it amazes me the news didn’t do a little research before making this a big deal. I thought it was a thoughtless mistake, but I was on your side thinking a consequence should be placed upon McKay. Your lies and what I have observed and heard from your mouth the last few days makes me have no respect for you or what you are trying to do. I did some research and figured out McKay has done 20 hours of community service already, is suspended 10 days, and has a district hearing next week. I witnessed you in the cafeteria ignoring the calls from him deeply apologizing and then you saying you just want to screw mackay and you know this has nothing to do with race. I am embarrassed that you are turning this into an extreme racial situation and then are saying such ridiculous comments too everyone trying to ruin McKay’s life. He hasn’t been at school, and I am by no means friends with him, but I want you to know I hope you enjoy your fame because when I create my blog and have my 35 witness’ quotes on it, people will see your COMPLETE FABRICATION of the story. You egged it on more than anyone and I do not feel sorry for you. Race is no joke and I agree punishment was needed, but the extremes you’regoing to jeopardize a good kid’s future is absolutely ridiculous. Please everyone wait a few days till finalize a list of over 100 witnesses that were there and saw first hand what happened before something huge is made of this situation. I hope everyone was able to learn a lesson and I hope, Larz, you are able to get whatever kind of sick satisfaction you can from this. Just remember people are watching you and investigating the school, and I already have a great deal of audio evidence directly from your mouth of what you are really saying about this all and how big of a jerk you really are. I know Utahns around here are not used to black people, believe me I WOULD KNOW, but what you are doing is absolutely ridiculous.

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    • Posted by Brianna on March 23, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      Said SOOOOO perfectly! So perfect.

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    • Posted by Much Respect on March 23, 2011 at 11:18 pm

      Javon I gained so much repect for youfor writing this. You said it perfectly. I was on the Junior’s side and saw Larz freak out and provoke it. It wasn’t right of Mackay, but he knows it was wrong and Larz is screwing Mackay’s life over harder than it should be.

      MUCH RESPECT YUNG TACE

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      • Posted by BULL SHIT on March 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm

        I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT JAVON LONDON WAS NOT AT THE SPIRIT BOWL ASSEMBLY, IF THATS THE JAVON LONDON BECAUSE HE CANT SPEAK OR SPELL HALF OF THOSE WORDS, DUE TO THE FACT THAT HE IS/WAS INELIGIBLE FOR ALTA TRACK AND FIELD. YOU WOULD THINK THAT SOMEBODY WHO COULD WRITE THOSE WORDS COULD MAINTAIN A 2.0 GPA. AND FURTHERMORE WHY WOULD HE BE SITTING ON THE JUNIOR AS A SENIOR, WEARING BLACK. AND WHY WOULD HE LET THIS WHOLE THING HAPPEN IF HE WAS ON THE JUNIOR AND JUST SIT BACK AND WATCH AS A BLACK STUDENT AT ALTA HIGH SCHOOL. THIS IS COMPLETE AND UTTER BUL SHIT. WHOEVER IS GETTING ON THIS BLOG AND ACTING AS A BLACK SENIOR AT ALTA HIGH SCHOOL NAMED JAVON LONDON IS COMPLETELY FABRICATING THIS STORY. AND WHOEVER COMPLIMENTED JAVON IS A NAIVE STUPID ASS BITCH. AND NEEDS TO GET OFF THE BALLS OF BULL SHIT. AND SPIT HIS CUM OUT. ANYBODY WHO KNOWS JAVON CAN GO ASK HIM PERSONALLY IF HE WAS IN ATTENDACE TO THE SPIRIT BOWL 2011. AND IF THIS IS JAVON QUIT LYIN….BITCH.

    • Posted by Senior56 on March 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      Atta kid legacy. Seriously lars quite making shit up!

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    • Posted by Huh? on March 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      You state that the racist action was thoughtless and deserves punishment. Javon, why are the one who should decide what the extent of the punishment should be? It doesn’t matter at all what happened after the student donned the hood, Larz did not incite that action – that action in and of itself is the issue here, not how Larz handled it. The intent of the action does not matter, the bottom line is that a racist action took place and the administration did nothing other than a slight slap on the wrist. Too bad the district had to step in to make things right. Current actions by the district prove this is the case in addition to proving that racism truly is alive and well at Alta. Maybe you could include the group Raw-Hide in your blog and give them some support too because they’re just really stupid kids? Maybe bringing this situation into the light of day will let people know that it is NOT ok and that it is a HUGE deal. I would also like to point out that Larz is not obligated to take the kids phone calls, pat the kid on the head and tell him it’s all ok, it’s NOT! I would also point out that at the same time the student was calling to express his sorrow over what he had done, he was also slamming Larz and his father on Facebook. I would be willing to bet that the apology was part of his Alta Administration punishment given this information. You might want to take a step back and take a good hard look at your thought process here – people who sit back and do nothing are just as responsible as the people who perpetuated the action. When people do nothing, groups like Raw-Hide feel more power and take their actions into the public because they don’t think anyone will have the courage to stand up against it. Finally, it should be noted that Larz was not the only student to bring this issue to the administration! There are many comments from students on this blog who indicated that they personally and even entire classrooms were upset over it and went to bring it to the Administration’s attention. This isn’t about Larz, it’s about racism overall. Take some time to think about that!

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  169. Posted by pot calling the kettle black on March 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    People posting on here have no clue what you are all about. They are feeling so sorry for you and I want to let people know that I have heard from numerous people that you are constantly harassing other kids at Alta. So what makes you any better than Mackay???? Does your father know about how you call kids names and try and jump on them and take them down??? You should be ashamed of yourself. So my advice to you is knock it off before someone goes to the school and turns you into Alta High’s administration. I know that it will eventually happen because people are getting really sick and tried of you. So save us all and don’t keep going to the media about how people harass you because eventually the camera will be turned on you and people will find out you’re no saint either!

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  170. Posted by rhonda w. on March 22, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Larz, What a man! Dr. Martin Luther King wrote in a letter from jail in Burmingham, AL, 1963…”injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. You’ll have idiots saying things like ‘what you did was uncalled for’ or try to quiet the beast. But, truth of the matter is , rascism is alive and well. Maybe not everywhere, nor with everyone, but you see what happened when you woke the monster up. You turned on the light, and the darkside couldn’t be hid. Shame on you people trying to make light of this. You go Larz….Blessings!

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    • Posted by Scooby3 on March 23, 2011 at 4:45 am

      Rhonda please dont ever log onto this blog again. I just fell over laughing at how completely serious you are in this post!! I mean, take a chill pill woman! haha i guess we’ll have to see what happens when the next monster wakes up! hahaha you crazy woman

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      • Posted by Cash Money on March 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm

        How dare you try to relate lars to Dr. Martin Luther!! That is two complete different sides of the spectrum! LARS WOKE THE “BEAS.” It was a gesture toward seniors at the spirit bowl!

  171. Posted by Ace on March 22, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    YEA LARZ!! Stand up and be counted you encouraged me to do the same. I want to show all the ashleys, mckays, genevieves etc who think this is “just a joke” gone to far. It should not be a joke!! I want to make sure you and everyone like you knows I WILL NOT TOLERATE this behaviour in my schools, in my public places or in my home. This is no more a joke then me dressing as a vigilante in black face storming your school or home like it is the Carthage jail looking for the Smith Brothers guns a blazing. Free speech is one thing. These are intolerable actions we as a society must put a stop to this by harsh consequences for anyone who acts out this way. Join me in contacting our city and states officials and making them get involved and seeing things like this do not happen again. NEVER AGAIN!!!!

    Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan
    Phone:801-568-7109 (office)

    http://sandy.utah.gov/contact-us/mayor.html

    Chris McCandless Sandy City Council

    http://chrismccandless.net/contact.htm

    State Senate District 9
    Senator: Wayne L. Niederhauser
    Phone: Home 801-942-3398
    Work 801-558-4766
    Email: wniederhauser@utahsenate.org

    http://www.utahsenate.org/contactus.shtml

    State House District 51
    Gregory H. Hughes
    Email: greghughes@utah.gov
    Home Phone: 801-572-5305
    Work Phone: 801-548-2922

    http://www.utahsenate.org/contactus.shtml

    Governor Gary R Herbert and other US links.

    http://www.utah.gov/governor/contact/index.html

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  172. Posted by --- on March 22, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    you do realize that juniors were supposed to wear white and seniors were supposed to wear black right? he meant it towards black clothes not black skin. I’m sorry to hear you’ve blown this way out of proportion.

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    • Posted by and that makes it okay how? on March 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      I’ve seen a lot of similar comments about how he meant it toward the seniors because they were wearing BLACK.
      How is that not offensive either? How does that make it funny and just a joke?
      Clearly if he did this with the intent to rile up a group wearing black, knowing that his group was white, he KNEW what he was doing. Why else would he have donned a white pillowcase in similar fashion to a KKK hood? I’m sure that people would just normally wear a pillowcase with eye holes in it to support whatever color their team is wearing? Doubtful.

      It may not have been directed at any one person or meant to offend black people (one in particular or any as a whole) but it is still offensive. He made a dumb choice, but he should be held responsible for his actions.
      I don’t believe for a second that he had no clue about the KKK and that they wore hoods and hated blacks. CLEARLY that’s what he was going for- they, as a group of {juniors wearing} WHITE hated a group of {seniors wearing} BLACK. Just because it was based on a color they were wearing does not make it something that can be joked about.

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      • Posted by idiot. on April 27, 2011 at 6:48 am

        @ and that makes it okay how?

        wow. you are so ignorant. first of all, MACKAY DIDNT EVEN BRING THE PILLOWCASE TO SCHOOL. His friend did. And they didnt have premade holes in them. it was just a pillowcase. His friend whipped it out and gave it to him. It was IN THE MOMENT. Not premeditated (as much as you would like to believe, im sure…)

        Give the kid a break. He is a TEENAGE BOY IN HIGH SCHOOL. Maybe its just me, but ive heard they tend to do dumb things… and FYI: Hes not racist. One of his best friends he’s known for a long, long time is black. And ive seen him hangout with a lot of other black kids at school too. It was just a stupid mistake. Maybe im wrong, but im pretty sure EVERYBODY makes them.

  173. Posted by Cheech on March 22, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    The biggest problem with everyone reading this blog. Is half the stuff he says DIDN’T even happen. Ask ANYONE who was at the spirit bowl.. Pointing and laughing? I can say with assurance that he’s exaggerating this whole thing. Publicity is great and all.. But the fact that he’s trying to ruin a 17 year old’s life for making a single mistake that didn’t threaten a SINGLE person. Not one person in the auditorium thought they were going to be hung or burned.. The media is just blowing this up because they don’t have any good stories. If we used this energy to help the people in Japan or to help with the wide range of bullying, it would go a long ways. Larz man, your doing just as much wrong for the world as this kid did.

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  174. So i totally think that what this kid did was uncalled for! i mean he knew that he was going to offend people and yet he wanted to do it. was he just doing it to be funny or was he doing it cause he is a total DIG BAT? seriously that kid should go down south and wear that KKK mask and see how many bad looks he would get in the south….I honestly think that dude wasnt right in his head. Im sorry man that totally sucks :P

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  175. Posted by pamela cosby on March 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Dear Larz, Black is beautiful! Rosa Parks once said “I was a person with dignity and self-respect, and I should not set my sights lower than anybody else just because I was black.” Good job! Keep speaking up for yourself. Let no one take your pride of color away from you.

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    • Posted by Anonymous on March 23, 2011 at 5:11 am

      Good quote Larz’s mom….haha. What do you want when you say justice needs to be served. The kid wasnt implying it towards your son. he took matters into his own hands just for attention.. are you wanting this kid to be lynched? is that the punishment you are seeking?

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    • Posted by Rolltide on March 23, 2011 at 5:12 am

      hahahahahahaha. black is wack!

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  176. Posted by Tim on March 22, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I don’t care who you are, what age you are, or where you are from. A stunt like that is not acceptable, under any circumstances, ever.

    There’s already too much hate in this world; we don’t need people using it to try to be “funny.”

    Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone makes bad decisions. I hope this kid gets a chance to learn from this one (I’m speaking of the kid who pulled the stunt – not the young man who wrote this blog).

    And to Alta’s administration … you people should be paying better attention to what’s going on in your school. Anyone who was in the room when this happened, and didn’t do something to immediately but a stop to it, deserves to be fired.

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  177. Posted by The observer 2 on March 22, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Larz i personally don’t believe that kid meant anything by it. Yea it was wrong but you should have gone to the administration and not the news. Thats just my opinion everyone knows you want you shot in the spotlight you have always said it and now you’ve had your chance i hope it was worth it you and your father took things too far but i still don’t think what that kid did was right anyways.

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  178. Posted by ....... on March 22, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Ithink everyone needs to simmer down. People take things way too seriously. You just need to laugh at these things instead of taking it personally.I could say with almost certainty that if it was a cofederate or even an SS uniform people wouldn’t make as big of a fuss. Wearing a hood in joking and burning crosses/lynching people are completely different. I’m not saying it was smart or acceptable,it’s not; but if you have a problem with somebody’s actions,confront them directly instead of making blogs and the like. All this publicity does is Ruin the Reputation of Everybody at Alta. It is being blown out of proportion,it was nothing but a joke gone terribly wrong.

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  179. Posted by buthole on March 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    WHITE POWER!!

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  180. Posted by From the sidelines on March 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Mackay was suspended for 3 days. The purpose of being suspended is to demonstrate the severity of the situation and for the child and his family to really figure out where they went wrong and find a way to make it right. Unfortunately this didn’t happen as Mackay decided (with an obvious lack of any parental involvement or supervision) to show up at school today…while on suspension! WHERE WERE HIS PARENTS???? Here’s to hoping the school district does their job and that the final result is expulsion. Actions speak louder than words and Mackay’s actions demonstrate clearly what the problem is – he’s better than YOU and doesn’t have to follow YOUR rules, he lives by his own! I can’t wait until this kid hits the real world, it’s going to eat him alive :)

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    • Posted by Other Side of the Field on March 22, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      @From the sidelines – you seem to have a personal grudge and vendetta against this boy and his family. Do you really think he should be expelled for a momentary lapse in judgment? Based on your previous post it seems to me that you don’t like him, you don’t like popular kids, and you don’t like football players.

      ARE YOU SURE YOU ARE NOT JUST KICKING THE DOG WHEN IT’S DOWN?

      It is a fallacy to assume the “antic” was racially motivated. Let’s not be-smudge the boy, pretend to know his motivations and character, and most importantly let’s not rush to judgment about his upbringing and his family.

      Please don’t rush to judge his parents, his neighborhood or him based on a stereotype. Isn’t that the the same mistake the KKK made in the first place? We can analyze the action and judge it wrong, but let us not assume to know what the boy was thinking, or more likely NOT thinking.

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    • Posted by wp on March 22, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      shut up bitch.

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    • Posted by Bready on March 22, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      his suspension was lifted yesterday, and was allowed to be at school today, upon arrival, he was then suspended for another week. get your facts straight. and you are a dick to be talking shit on mackay. he did something stupid and he is facing the consiquences for it. dont wish bad upon him for something small in inferior he did.

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      • Posted by From the sidelines on March 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm

        Hmmmm…how interesting that the parents were not notified that the suspension was extended? And if they were, they would not have sent him to school this morning, so my question still begs to be answered, WHERE WERE HIS PARENTS?? It’s not standard policy for a school to wait until a student arrives and then to promptly “resuspend” with no notice to parents – there are conversations that occur prior to this happening. Maybe you should double check the story you’re being fed! Does it make you feel better to call people names? Would you stand up in church and speak to your ward with that mouth? I highly doubt it! Your lack of understanding of the gravity of this situation indicates your level of knowledge…not much. Mackay’s actions were not inferior (and just to point it out, inferior is not the word you meant to use, I’ll let you figure that one out!)…if they were, he wouldn’t be suspended. I understand supporting your friend, but Bready, you’re just making him look worse, with friends like you, he doesn’t need enemies!

      • Posted by Bready on March 23, 2011 at 1:26 am

        First of all im not mormon. So i will talk however the hell i want to. You obviously werent there and did not know the situation. His parents were well aware of the suspension and the extension did not go into effect until today. so they are going to send him to school dumb ass. We live in America by the way. Mackay was exercising his use of freedom of speech and expression. America is what it is because of our freedoms. Dont take them away. Mackay has the right to do what he did, but that doesnt make it right. He is not racist and was not intending it that way. So From the sidelines, you need to get your facts together before accusing Mackay of wrongdoing.

      • Posted by move on on March 23, 2011 at 1:53 am

        i believe this incidence needs to stop being talked about. know on has a right to comment on this unless they go to alta highschool and saw the incidence. So all of you random people commenthing on this need to back off because they are just gathering facts from many differnt people and have no idea what is really going on. ok yes he did make a mistake and he feels horrible about that decision that he made. I feel like this was taken out of porportion. At alta highschool the majority of the feelings there are nice and kind. People at alta wish they were black and blacks are writing the N word on their backpacks. Most people at alta know this is a wrong thing to do and mackay knows that, however in life we are taught to forgive and forget. lets all just forget its ok larz to feel bad about this topic but please dont make it a bigger deal then it really is you know it was not directed towards black people it was directed towards the people wearing the black shirts. so i say everyone should forgive macaky and move on.

      • Posted by antoine dodson on March 23, 2011 at 4:17 am

        I love how the administrators at alta high school do not even know the magnitude of wearing a white pointed hood to a school assembly and only suspend him 3 days and when word of the racist incident finally gets out they convieniently decide to extend his suspension. It just goes to show that people in Utah need a history lesson. This Mackay kid knew what he was doing wearing a white pointed hood and deserves everything he gets. Hes lucky theres probably only 3 black kids in his school. In my high school there would have been at least 100 kids who would have kicked his ass in a heartbeat

      • Posted by antoine dodson on March 23, 2011 at 4:23 am

        and Bready, don’t even try to tell me hes facing tough consequences, he got suspended for 8 days and his bishop prolly wont let him take the sacrament for 2 years, hes lucky his white ass didn’t get stomped

      • Posted by Sam on March 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm

        Sidelines you are an absolute moron. His parents have been in Mexico and when they found out the magnitude of the situation, they got an early flight home and only stayed two days on vacation. They are my neighbors and they had had their vacation planned for months, I would know I spoke with them before they left. They stayed two days, and when they heard the magnitude of the situation, found the first flight home. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about his parents in anyway. They are extremely respectable people, both personally and in the community, and you obviously have some type of grudge against them. His parents were their from the start and they will be their till the end and care about their son more than anything. You are a pretentious idiot that doesn’t know anything about the situation. They were notified by email about the extended suspension and thats when they immediately flew home. People make a lot of judgements on this page about being mormon and seeing the bishop. All I can say is how much better are you than this situation? Is it ok to mock someone’s religion, but all hell breaks loose when a race is offended over a half truth told story? Everyone say what they will and continue to make a make of everyone else at their expense, but you’re no better than the issue that started this. And sidelines, I don’t know what you have against this family, but from PERSONAL experience, they are one of the nicest, and most commendable families in Draper. You obviously are a piece of work, and honestly probably Larz’s dad trying to get more fire to the flame.

    • Posted by The Other Side of the Field on March 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      There seems to be some pretty creative moderating going on here, so I doubt this post will see the light of day. But maybe I’ll be surprised.

      @From the sidelines – you seem to have a personal grudge and vendetta against this boy and his family. The little smiley face after you stated how the real world would eat him alive was sort of revealing about your petty nature.

      Do you really think he should be expelled for a momentary lapse in judgment? Do you really think this event should have lifelong negative reprocussion on a mistake made by a 17 year old boy, or should it be a learning experience that can make him a better person. Based on your previous post it seems to me that you don’t like him, you don’t like popular kids, and you don’t like football players.

      ARE YOU SURE YOU ARE NOT JUST KICKING THE DOG WHEN IT’S DOWN?

      It is a fallacy to assume the “antic” was racially motivated. Let’s not be-smudge the boy, pretend to know his motivations and character, and most importantly let’s not rush to judgment about his upbringing and his family.

      Please don’t rush to judge his parents, his neighborhood or him based on a stereotype. Isn’t that the the same mistake the KKK made in the first place? We can analyze the action and judge it wrong, but let us not assume to know what the boy was thinking, or more likely NOT thinking.

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    • Posted by Anonymous on March 23, 2011 at 5:12 am

      Dear from the sideline, I don’t know if you have ever been in high school but if you have you know high schoolers like to play jokes. I don’t know what kind of cold-hearted person you are wanting the kid to be expelled and ruin the rest of his life. Sincerely, anonymous

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    • Posted by anonymous on March 29, 2011 at 6:45 am

      Expulsion??? Larz has already ruined his reputation!! Mackay has apologized several times! It was a stupid thing to do but in no way was intended to target black people. Next time you do something wrong i hope everybody tears you down and throws you out. You’ll be wishing people just like you were more forgiving and would overlook your mistakes and realize that everyone slips up sometimes. You guys need to give him a chance to fix things and just move on.

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      • Posted by Chris Taft on March 30, 2011 at 1:40 am

        im sorry but this is exactly why why Alta is classless. just like what i said all along classless people who do stupid things

  181. Posted by Devon on March 22, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Dear Larz,

    I attended Alta, and I am white and not racist. I understand that you are offended and what McKay did was inappropriate and immature. However, I find it unfair that you are claiming that unless you are white then you will be treated unfairly at Alta High School. I admire you for standing up for what you believe in, but I believe that its time to forgive and forget.

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  182. Posted by a sophmore. on March 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I agree, this was a completely wrong thing to do. KKK and Hitler are most definitely not laughing matters! What is high school coming to these days? But honestly, when I saw him running around in front of the juniors, I was confused. I knew the Hitler sign, but I had no idea what the white mask meant. Later a friend told me, and I was astonished. So calling Alta a completely racist school is not fair, because im sure tons of kids had no clue what the heck was even going on! Even though this was mostly aimed toward the seniors, it was really offensive! Mackay and the guys probably weren’t thinking when they did it, but it still doesnt make it right. What this guy did was super stupid, but not everyone at Alta should be blamed!

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  183. Posted by wp on March 22, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Clayton Bigsby all the way man…

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  184. Posted by Kennedy booth on March 22, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    People who thought this was a joke are careless, people in my math class are insensitive, larz had every right to feel this way, and if you disagree then leave, this Act was immature and inappropriate. I support larz 100% larz is the most honest man I know and the best friend anyone should have, he is smart and bright and cares for everyone, he handled the sittuation better than anyone could have, and he did not deserve what he got.

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  185. Posted by Annonymous on March 22, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    The funniest thing to me about this whole situation is that just the other day, the first time I had ever talked to you, You were telling a story and used the N-word at least 7 times in about 2 minutes. You say that using that word is a form of emotional mistreatment when you yourself used that word like it was no big deal. Maybe before you go taking all this crap to the news you take a look at yourself and say hey… maybe I am encouraging this racism just as much as the white kid next to me because I just said the N-word. I am not in support of what happened but you have to realize that it was a joke. It was the spirit bowl… seniors are black and juniors are white… get it? I’m sorry that you were hurt in this way but i think that this whole thing has been blown out of proportion.

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  186. Posted by Freedom on March 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    One great thing about living in America is the freedom on expression. Mackay can do whatever the hell he wants. If you dont like that, move out of the damn country. People take things way too far. I mean what the hell, a stupid highschool kid runs around for 30 seconds with a pillow case on and his life is going to be ruined. i mean come on now. Let the kid be, he has already learned a lesson. what are you wanting larz? him to be arrested and lynched?

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    • Posted by M on March 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm

      well said. not only do we have freedom of expression, but also we have the right to assemble. anyone can join the kkk and it is not illegal because of the right to assemble. The kid did not do anything violent towards anyone so he did not do anything illegal. I know he is not apart of the kkk, but he shouldn’t be in trouble for this. America is the land of the free and i love it! but sometimes i feel like people, especially black people, only want to make it a worse place by doing things like this.

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  187. Posted by There and Back Again on March 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Claiming “ignorance” or that the student who donned the hood was just joking around is no excuse at all–it just compounds the problem, as do the multiple commenters who insist that Larz is clearly blowing it all out of proportion since “nobody else was offended.” NOBODY ELSE WAS OFFENDED? To the extent that that is true (and I doubt it really is true; it’s more likely that many were offended but nobody else had the backbone to do anything about it), that just goes to show how deeply serious the problem really is. Yes, high school kids can be stupid, and no, this story should not be escalated into a national media incident that would most likely only serve to increase racial tensions. But parents, teachers, administrators, and students at Alta High (and the larger community) need to do some serious soul-searching and quit making excuses. Whatever his motives, this kid’s actions were EVIL. The question for everyone now is, how did this happen, and what can we do to prevent this kind of evil in the future?

    I’ve noticed a tendency since I moved back to Utah last year–an otherwise laudable desire not to think ill, or at least to think as well as possible, of people, sometimes devolves into an unwillingness to acknowledge others’ responsibility or an attempt to deflect consequences for wrong actions. I saw it when a local church leader recently pled guilty to a crime and was sent to prison, and some people continued to insist he must be innocent. I saw it when Brandon Davies, the BYU basketball star, was suspended for a serious violation of BYU’s honor code, and some people criticized the suspension as being too harsh. And now this. The tendency to want to avoid or deflect blame (especially from people we care about) is by no means confined to Utah/Mormon culture–the PC “tolerance” movement is also often guilty of a similar sort of weaseling, and in fact it’s far far older even than that, but in Utah it seems to have a special flavor: many, it seems, are saying “all is well in Zion, Zion prospereth”.

    Utah has not historically been very racially diverse, and as a result much of the population really is simply ignorant of the history of racism and has little experience having to deal with racially sensitive subjects, so it’s possible that in that student’s mind it seemed like nothing more than a stupid prank. Shame on him, his friends (who did nothing to discourage him and continue to excuse him), his parents, and his teachers for that. Whether or not he or they personally feel active malice toward people of color is not the issue. That’s only one way racism manifests itself. This story, and the reaction to it, demonstrate that when it comes to racism, all is NOT well in Zion, and ignoring it or attempting to downplay it is wrong.

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  188. Posted by Freedom on March 22, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    To Be White
    Someone finally said it.

    How many are actually paying attention to this?

    There are African Americans,

    Mexican Americans,

    Asian Americans,

    Arab Americans,

    Native Americans, etc.

    …And then there are just –

    Americans.

    You pass me on the street

    and sneer in my direction.

    You Call me ‘White boy,’

    ‘Cracker,’ ‘Honkey,’

    ‘Whitey,’ ‘Caveman,’

    … And that’s OK.

    But when I call you Nigger,

    Kike, Towel head,

    Sand-nigger, Camel Jockey,

    Beaner, Gook, or Chink

    .. You call me a racist.

    You say that whites commit a lot

    of violence against you,

    so why are the ghettos the most

    dangerous places to live?

    You have the United NegroCollege Fund.

    You have Martin Luther King Day.

    You have Black History Month.

    You have Cesar Chavez Day.

    You have Ma’uled Al-Nabi.

    You have the NAACP.

    And you have BET.

    If we had WET

    (White Entertainment Television)

    … We’d be racists.

    If we had a White Pride Day

    … You would call us racists.

    If we had White History Month

    … We’d be racists.

    If we had any organization for only whites

    to ‘advance’ OUR lives

    … We’d be racists.

    We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,

    a Black Chamber of Commerce,

    and then we just have the plain

    Chamber of Commerce.

    Wonder who pays for that?

    If we had a college fund that only gave

    white students scholarships

    … You know we’d be racists.

    There are over 60 openly-proclaimed

    Black-only Colleges in the US ,

    yet if there were ‘White-only Colleges’

    … THAT would be a racist college.

    In the Million Man March,

    you believed that you were

    marching for your race and rights.

    If we marched for our race and rights,

    … You would call us racists.

    You are proud to be black,

    brown, yellow and orange,

    and you’re not afraid to announce it.

    But when we announce our white pride

    … You call us racists.

    You rob us,

    carjack us,

    and shoot at us.

    But, when a white police officer

    shoots a black gang member

    or beats up a black drug-dealer

    who is running from the LAW and

    posing a threat to ALL of society

    … You call him a racist.

    I am proud.

    … But, you call me a racist.

    Why is it that only

    whites

    can be racists?

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  189. Posted by NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER on March 22, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER

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  190. Posted by Amber on March 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I, a colored senior, was offended very much. (I say colored because I’m not African American, I’m mixed.) Even if it was aimed at just the seniors, it still crossed a line. Dressing in a KKK costume is never acceptable, and this type of behavior should be stopped now, before these kids grow up to create another generation of either ignorant or hateful children.

    I for one know the deep history of the KKK and I also know the members of the group of friends who supported this action. It’s a pretty well known fact that they are a racist group. Didn’t anyone at Alta read the article in the Hawkeye about them? That article was written a while ago, but it exposed the bigotry and hate that a select group of students at Alta still have.

    Yes, I think that most of the people at Alta thought it was funny. Just bring it up in class and count how many people support him and say that it was “just a joke”. I didn’t think it was funny, and I also think that the faculty is allowing this behavior at Alta to persist. I actually got up, during the assembly, and approached one of the Assistant Principals. (Because he failed to act, I’m not going to use his name, as I don’t really want him to get fired or anything.) I walked up to him, with three of my Caucasian friends who were also deeply offended, and asked why he wasn’t removing the KKK student. There were also three police officers there. The entire faculty and the officers just stood by and watched as this kid ran around on the floor! Not only did he violate three school rules (1- No disrupting school assemblies 2- No hats are allowed unless permission is granted for a school activity and 3- No full face coverings of any kind) he also perpetrated a hate crime! Yet no one stopped him. (They threatened to stop the assembly if baby-powder was thrown, but won’t do anything when a wanna-be Klan member runs around?) Finally he was talked to, and his punishment? A small slap on the wrist. He was suspended for two days. You know that if a dark-skinned student ran around dressed like a suicide bomber (cause hey, they wear all black-like the seniors- right?) at the assembly they would get far more than a two-day suspension. And really, historically speaking, the KKK has killed far more Americans than suicide bombers.

    Now, you can argue that what he did was out of ignorance, but he clearly knew it was wrong. If he didn’t know, why did he hide the hat in his pocket and duck down to hide himself after? He clearly knew that he was violating rules, thus his furtive behavior.

    I’m upset. I’m more upset that no one seems to thinks it’s a big deal, than that it happened in the first place. But please. I don’t think that calling attention to it is a problem. I think we need to draw attention to the racism at Atla. I feel it pretty much every day. But I understand that it’s hard for most Utahns to see this as racist, simply because they are so rarely exposed to other ethnicities. I mean, it’s hard to be sensitive about something you don’t really experience. In other words, it may be ignorance, but it’s still painful for the minorities, and it’s still racism.

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  191. Posted by percy fanbaggon on March 22, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    You are all dumb bitchs! alta is a stupid school full of stupid fucks and this just represents it so well:)

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  192. Posted by Anonymous on March 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    After reading all of your comments I am very shocked. I am a senior at Alta High School and I can not believe that such affronting comments are being said on this blog. Larz, I completely support your actions in this situation and believe you have the right to handle this situation which ever way you would like. For those of you who disagree, I’m sorry. No one is perfect and we all make stupid and ignorant mistakes but instead of calling eachother names and pointing fingers lets learn from this experience and be more aware of our actions. Alta Students, you are better than this. We are teen-agers about to enter the world. Let’s act like it. Learn the lesson and move on please. You are making the lives of all of those who were personally involved in this situation very difficult.

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  193. Posted by B-Jo on March 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I saw your story on channel four and channel five. I am surprised, somewhat, at the brazen hate and the disregard shown for that hatred. I am sorry you had to experience that here in Utah. I don’t know a lot of people who are black, and it seems I am always putting my foot in my mouth when I do see someone, so much so that my husband teases me about being racist. I like to think that I am not, but I know I have ignorance issues, like many.

    I wanted to tell you, I think you are a fine, upstanding young man. Your blog post here proves that you are intelligent, and shows me that you will go far in your life and with your goals. I admire that. I also admire you standing up for yourself, and others. You are right, hate has no place in schools, yet it is prevalent. That saddens me. I hope the school and the district handle this appropriately. I wish you the best of luck, now and in the future.

    Sincerely, someone who is trying to always learn to be more open-minded and more tolerant all the time…

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  194. Posted by whatabunchofpussies on March 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    McKay has alot of supporters. Even black friends that understand the situation alot better than you obviously do. The longer this drags on, the more damage it does to Larz and his family.

    To be clear, their’s no winner in this battle. Mckay has been damaged personally, and Larz is going to learn that not everything is about race like his daddy is teaching him.

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  195. [...] had happened recently. I want to know what you guys think of the incident. heres the link to it ?????Alta High School students targeted with KKK Hoods and Hail Hitlers?. larzcosby. and this wasnt me who blogged it. it was on the news yesterday here in utah and is becoming very [...]

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  196. Posted by master debater on March 23, 2011 at 12:59 am

    things that you failed to mention in your blog were that the KKK mask was not intended towards the black community but at the seniors all dressed in black. we can all agree that the joke was ridiculous and stupid. i know for a fact that mack regrets what he has done. also you made it sound like the entire school is racist. this is absolutely not the case. if you ask any other black kid in the entire school they will tell you it was stupid but they were not offended because they know that mack is just an idiot and not racist at all. I think the problem with this generation of kids is not that there is racism but that racism seems so ridiculous and uncomprehensible that people can’t truly understand how harmful it is and was so they try to laugh it off with a joke.

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  197. Posted by BKD(Junior at alta) on March 23, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Larz is a great guy, and what he did was the right thing to do.
    Mackay’s apology is hollow at best and i think he should be required to take history classes while he is suspended. He obviously doesn’t regret what he did. One reason history is taught, is so we don’t repeat our ancestors mistakes. Teach this kid a lesson, and he will figure out sooner or later that he can’t do whatever he wants because he considers himself “popular”.

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  198. Posted by kp on March 23, 2011 at 1:37 am

    I am a sophomore at Alta and I think this has taken a wrong turn!! what those boys did was wrong and stupid but you [larz] are making it sound like alta is a bunch of racist white kids and that you are the vitim!! i personally think you are just trying to get your 15 minutes of fame because you happend to be the kid who pulled off the hood. yes racism is a big issue but not just at alta, everywhere. especially in utah. utah is not a very diverse state and the kids arent educated enough about prejudice. you say that if your child has to attend alta and they are the nonwhite they will be treated unethically [by the way i know you and sounds like daddy wrote the majority of this blog] but anyways if you are ANYONE you will be treated like this!! racism goes BOTH WAYS!! i know just as many colored people that have and would say im not able to do anything because i am a ‘little white girl’ yep i hear it all the time colored kids using the n-word with eachother and using JUST AS MUCH IF NOT MORE racist jokes with eachother, colored making fun of white and white making fun of colored. its not okay for people to act like this no matter the race and im sorry for whoever was hurt by those stupid kids, yes it was intended to be a joke but it wasn’t funny and i dont except behavoir like that!! this is a problem for everyone but you made this like a battle i read some comment of two moms and one of them had the nerve to say the other wasnt worthy of being a mom! and thats so much worse than racism?? instead of fighting about it and trying to be a victum…we need to work together to educate the kids so they can truly understand what they are doing and who they are affecting when they act like this.
    note to parents: if you send your kid to ANY school [mainly in utah] they will be exposed to this behavior not just alta. im not saying that makes it okay i just dont want anyone to think alta is a bad school. i feel a little betrade by Larz because he singled his community, his friends and classmates out when its such a bigger problem than just our school!!

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    • kp,
      Racism exists everywhere. The entire world is filled with racists. Utah is mostly white, so there is not a lot of exposure to people of color there. This does create a culture that is somewhat “in a bubble” when it comes to other non-white cultures. While there is probably no way to entirely eliminate racism as a whole, as individuals we should work on ourselves to be accepting of those who are different.
      You made the comment that you are white, as am I, and I would like to point out that you made the comment that “Utah is not a very diverse state and the kids aren’t educated enough about prejudice.” This is true, but that being said, isn’t it possible that you too aren’t educated enough about prejudice and that you might not understand what it feels like to be Larz in this situation? You probably shouldn’t accuse him of trying to get “15 minutes of fame” when he is speaking out about something that he feels is morally wrong. Would you have said the same thing about Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King? People need to SPEAK OUT when they see something that isn’t right, which is exactly what Larz did. Obviously, it’s on a much smaller scale than MLK or any other famous civil rights hero, but he found something in his community that is wrong and is trying to shed light on the current problem.
      You seem to be a supporter for educating the community about racism and that’s exactly what Larz is doing. Perhaps you should be thanking him instead of attacking him with petty comments like, “sounds like daddy wrote the majority of this blog…”
      What happened at Alta is a prime example of ignorance breeding ignorance. The community as a whole needs to focus on educating the youth (and probably a lot of the adults) about other cultures and racism so that something can be learned from this situation.

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  199. Posted by kp on March 23, 2011 at 1:44 am

    i also want to add..
    i think i made it sound like i was made at you for standing up, i didnt mean it like that i think everyone should stand up when they see or hear of bullying and/or raciscm!!
    i just felt like you could have handled it a little different and thought it through before you made some of the accusations you did and like i said i felt a little betrade. we are a school, the hawks and instead of accusing we should be helping and educating.

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  200. Posted by Unnamed on March 23, 2011 at 1:46 am

    I am in one of your classes and I agree with a lot of other people. IT WAS A JOKE! The seniors were dressed in black so that’s why he did it. McKay is a good guy and he would never mean to do that to anyone he is so far from racist his beat friend is black for heaven sakes

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  201. Posted by n on March 23, 2011 at 2:26 am

    For all of you that were not at the assembly please stop acting like you know what happened. All you hear in the news is one sided and poor reporting… give the kid a chance to defend himself. Everyone that saw the episode knows that what Larz is saying is not all true! There was no harrassing or targeting anyone! He ran in a circle for about thirty seconds and that was all. The seniors were wearing black and it was meant as JR Supiriority, as a joke. I don’t even like the kid but I know he is not a racist, and has appologized for his mistake many times. It seems to me that bringing the media into this is a little overboard and dramatic don’t you think? Alta is not racist!

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  202. Posted by Nicky on March 23, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Hey Larz, I completely agree with what you said. It was obscene, rude, out-of-line and obnoxious. I am completely behind you. All I ask is to please not put the blame on the entire school, or even state. I know plenty of people who are not racist and who are just as appalled, and it isn’t fair to give us all a bad name because of some idiot. I also want to say that I admire your courage to go up to him and ask him to stop, to remove his hood and stand up for yourself, to speak out to the news and start this blog; that’s a really brave thing to do and it makes me respect you so much more.

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  203. Posted by bro on March 23, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Wu tang clan ain’t nuttin too fuck wit!!

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  204. Posted by I on March 23, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Thank you for your courage, and thank you to your parents for raising you well. Those who say you overreacted, that you shouldn’t take things so seriously, they are as much a part of the problem as the student who wore the hood. People died at the hands of the KKK and Nazis. There is nothing funny there. I am the mother of a bi-racial child (much younger than you) and I can only hope that through the actions of people like you that things here will be better for her when she is your age. I hope she will have the integrity that you have shown in standing up against bigotry and hatred directed at her or others, just like you have done. I am proud of you.

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  205. Posted by Carson Zenger on March 23, 2011 at 3:49 am

    the best part of all this is im guessing about 1/4 of the people commenting on this did not even see what happened i personally did see what occurred. There was not one hail hilter signs made he ran in a circle for 5 seconds then went back he made not racial comments this whole thing got blown way out of proportion just larz and his dad trying get some tv time and make some money they even brag about it on Facebook. Larz and Father- This is making me sick what you guys are trying to do to this kid in this link here

    Is what a real KKK hood looks like. next link is what he had on.

    Not even close to the same thing you have ruined his young life and any chance of having his life back by going to media and selfishly trying to find gain out of this you make me and my family sick. I talked to people that where with you before hand and i have 3 people confirming he made Zero racial comments towards you what so ever. Please for his sake take back the lies you have posted about him he wore a hood for 5 seconds. I have also asked many colored friends of mine if they where offended by this. All there answers promptly No. You need to step back and chill out. “Writing a book” really come on what are you trying to do, Throw more dirt on his name leave him alone. I know he was being dumb and stuiped and should not have done it im sorry you took such offense to a pillow case i hope this post means something and is not just downed upon and criticized.

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    • Carson Zenger,
      You are as much a part of the problem as the kid that wore the hood. Is McKay a racist? Probably not. Was what he did completely inappropriate? Absolutely. Should he be punished? Yes. The point is MCKAY KNEW IT WAS RACIST. Many have commented that he “only did it because the Senior class was wearing black.” HELLO, people! He knew exactly what he was doing! He didn’t mean for it to be directed at certain Black students, hopefully, but directing it at the senior class shows that he understood what the white hood means.
      You obviously understood it as well and thought it was funny. Racism, even in joking, is NOT funny. Especially in a public place, like school, where you should get in big trouble for doing something like that.

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  206. Posted by Jimmy on March 23, 2011 at 3:49 am

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)
    I don’t believe this was a personal attack on Larz or that this MacKay is a racist-
    I also don’t believe this is a publicity stunt on the part of Larz-he felt offended and although he may not have handled it in the way I or anyone else thought he should have, he did take a stand for his beliefs, and that is admirable.

    Calling people names is not a mature way to handle any situation.

    This was wrong, not a joke, but it also did not need to be blown out of proportion. It could have been handled locally without the media.

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  207. Posted by Jesus on March 23, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Can’t we all just get along?

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  208. Posted by Stonewall Jackson on March 23, 2011 at 3:59 am

    WHITE POWER!! THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN!!

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  209. Posted by Football Hawk on March 23, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Austin Lesuer is an idiot. Now that thats out of the way, Mackay knows what he did was wrong. This is all going way too far. I don’t support what he did, but this isn’t a big of deal as people are making it. Much respect.

    ps Mackay, your team is behind you. Go Hawks!

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  210. Posted by anonymous on March 23, 2011 at 4:22 am

    So get over it!
    The whole slavery and black vs white thing is very long past due, it is all a joke now and taking it this serious is very immature and ignorant. I have friends of every race and we all joke around with racial slurs and don’t view each other as inferior or superior, because we understand that it is how people are and that all the hate is not apparent and especially in a spirit bowl where clearly it was all a joke, all he should have had to do was apologize and you didn’t need to take it so far. Really just be mature and not let words hurt you or actions that were performed as a joke and not meant towards you individually or to hurt you.
    by the way you are more upset about not making the football team.
    this could be an act to get back at the athletes of alta high school, who yes are cocky, but they do not hate you, but probably now they do. Not for your skin color, but because of your immature actions in handling this situation.

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  211. Posted by anonymous on March 23, 2011 at 4:34 am

    By the way he was indeed exercising his freedom of speech, expression, and exercise. Yes it wasn’t socially right nor accepted and that makes it very valid for the school to suspend him however long they want to, but taking it to the news and trying to make it a bigger deal is not going to get you anywhere because it was not illegal. Oh by the way you are bi-racial so you only need to be 50% offended. Plus he didn’t call you out and say any particular words. which are also not illegal to use but still not socially accepted.
    Hope you feel cool Larz.

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  212. Posted by Scooby3 on March 23, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Alright Larz. Shave your little boy mustache, grow the hell up, stop causing unwanted drama, and maybe you wont die within the next couple weeks. Just sayin’
    Sincerely, Mont Widderberg

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    • You know that your IP address is logged when you write this, right? That someone could easily track you down and you could be in big trouble for writing a death threat?
      Obviously you are the one who needs to grow up. Look at your ignorance! It’s disgusting. You’re going to come up with some smart ass response to this, I’m sure, since you’re obviously that kind of guy, but you should know that you are a disgusting human being. So go ahead and make your little comments back to me.

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  213. Posted by Anonymous on March 23, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Here is my view on this racism thing. Black people draw racism way out of proportion. For example I know a lady that was talking about a black kid. She used the term “black” when talking about him. Just then another black guy turned around way offended and said “we are not black, we are African-American.” really? Really?? Black people call me white all the time. From now on I am going to require everyone(including “African-Americans” to call me German-American. Also a few months ago I watched the step up 3 trailer on YouTube and some “African-American” guy said that it is racist that there is no “African-American” lead role in the film. How the??? How can someone even start to think that is racist?! This is proof that “African-American” people draw racism way out of proportion. Dear larz, what ever happened to forgive and forget? You are such a girl… Seriously I can smell your vagina from here… Sincerely, anonymous

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  214. Posted by Rolltide on March 23, 2011 at 4:56 am

    White Power! :)

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  215. Posted by Rolltide on March 23, 2011 at 4:59 am

    It’s alright brothers, the south will rise again! SOON…..
    White power!

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  216. Posted by Scooby3 on March 23, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Mackay Dunn! you are my hero. I love you buddy.

    Sincerely, Scoob

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  217. Posted by Rolltide on March 23, 2011 at 5:13 am

    AH White Power

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  218. Posted by totally confused on March 23, 2011 at 5:15 am

    I’m in awe of this whole situation????- I have a student @ Alta and i have been told that rude, ignorant, & vulgar comments fly out of students mouths all the time – Not just racist comments but degrading statements about girls, their bodies, guys bullying one another in the halls & locker rooms, even people with same gender attraction are harassed. This problem is in every school!!!!! STOP & THINK BEFORE ACTING OR TALKING.

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    • Posted by Anonymous on March 28, 2011 at 2:03 am

      Even though you obviously don’t like the kids at Alta high, thank you for helping us prove our point. “racist” RHINGS WILL HAPPEN IN EVERY HIGH SCHOOL SO LARZ CAN LEAVE SINCE WE ARE SO RACIST. HE CAN GO TO ANY OTHER HIGH SCHOOL IN ANY STATE OF THE COUNTRY AND SEE THE RACISM THERE. WE DON’T WANT LARZ AT ALTA ANYMORE

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      • You should be ashamed of yourself! Racism is a problem everywhere, you are right, but that doesn’t make it okay when things like this happen. You are all children and you deserve to feel safe at school. This kind of behavior doesn’t promote a feeling of safety. Your comments are a disgrace to your community.

  219. Posted by >20; on March 23, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Wow people. Seriously??? I honestly did not think that there was anything more petty or pathetic than having an argument over text, but surprisinly enough my generation of “wonderfully intelligent” excuses for human beings, who I am disappointed to call my peers, have come up with something even more juvenile than having a fight over text. Blog fighting. I applaude all the idiots who sit at home and render in the thought of fighting with some unknown person ON A COMPUTER!!!!!!!! BRAVO! You have all figured out yet another way to waste time. if you can sit on your butts all day bantering back and forth with one another over blogs then I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t be able to do it in person. Honestly if you can’t say it to someone’s face while looking them in the eyes then you have no right to say it in a blog text status whatever. My own mother and I just wasted a good hour of our lives reading all these posts trying to figure out what the heck this was all about and I would like to say we laughed so hard we cried at almost evey single on of your comments. You people are all pathetic. If you want to say something use your voice not a key board and a blog.

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  220. Posted by Jessica Cassity on March 23, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Bla bla bla bla it’s incredible what kind of time is being wasted on this… If Larz was telling the strait up truth then sure annouce it to the world. Fact is he’s not.
    Alta is not racist; what he did was wrong and he should be punished but racism is over. Its was a JOKE that was wrong and shouldn’t have been said. Nothing else! So Larz, get over yourself.

    P.S. My families in the process of adopting a little black baby. Just TRY and call me racist.

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  221. Posted by poop on March 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    poop is not for eating

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  222. Posted by jake on March 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    kenna chynoweth is an idiot

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  223. Posted by CAS on March 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Larz has taken this out of control………. More people are mad at you now Larz… He is making EVERYONE at this school look bad, and the school itself. If you have such a problem with Alta then leave. if you have such a problem with Utah, then move.

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    • Posted by AltaChick. on March 24, 2011 at 3:43 am

      Why should everyone hate him? How is HE the one making Alta look bad? I hear tons of racist crap everyday at school. It IS a problem, and it’s the STUDENTS at Alta that are making us look bad. Not Larz.

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      • Posted by cc on March 30, 2011 at 4:25 am

        I agree there is racist crap – but black kids are as responsible if not more than white kids for this problem. Why is it okay for them to run around calling each other nig or niggar. What’s okay about that? If a black kid says it – its funny. If a white kid says it they are a racist. But it’s okay for a black kid to call a white kid cracker? Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton have made a career out of promoting racisism. It’s wrong on every level!!!! I love what Morgan Freeman said in a interview

  224. Posted by the fainting goat on March 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    k first off. “tearsthewingsoffangels” your a pussy. thats the gayest name of my life. now the joke of a person… larz. larz you are blowing this thing way out of proportion. and what mac did. what not directed toward you. it was toward the senoirs cause the junior class hates the senior class. it’s only nature. and i was right behind mac when he put the hood on. he DID NOT taunt you. you came at him. he just stood there. he didn’t dance around you. that FUCKIN BULL SHIT! your just looking for your 15 minutes of fame. fuck man if you want glory go get a 30 to 1 kill ratio on COD and i’ll fuckin worship you. but don’t be a bitch and destroy a kids life because of a little joke he pulled. i’m not going to lie. just cause you started this whole commotion i want to put on a hood and kick your ass. i’m not racist tho. but maybe…

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    • Is this for real? I can’t even believe the amount of idiocy and ignorance I just read. You know that your IP address can be traced and that you can get in trouble for making threats? Don’t sit behind your computer and make comments to people that you don’t even know. They are sticking up for what they believe in and they have full rights to say what they’d like. You bring up Call of Duty? SERIOUSLY, how juvenile are you?

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  225. Posted by Johndeertractor on March 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Larz, I can feel for you. As a middle-class, average, white male at Alta I know what it feels like to be racially discriminated against.

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  226. Posted by Umm... on March 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    You wanna know what I think… You are saying that you think hateful behavior is unacceptable and that it is wrong. Correct? Well look what you are doing to Mackay!! I don’t even know the kid and i’m on his side! I think he didn’t think that all the way through… but I think that you are doing this and playing the victim and turning everyone against him and i think THAT is wrong. Mackay was suspended, I’m sure the police talked to him, the administration talked to him, and i bet his parents talked to him. He wasn’t trying to offend anyone and said he felt bad! I think that is punishment enough!!!! Leave him alone and put the victim card to rest and grow up a little bit. Welcome to High School.

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  227. Posted by Umm... on March 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    The fact to me is slaves weren’t around forever and you never were one. So you’re the one who got offended. No one even said anything offensive to you. So who’s pulling the race card?

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    • Posted by stanley on March 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm

      actions speak louder than words. the fact that the student wore a KKK hood is a symbol of hatred; a symbol of fear used by the Klan to intimidate black people. And thats something that is offensive. the fact that you think wearing a hood doesn’t mean anything just goes to show your insensitivity to African Americans and your lack of knowledge of their culture.

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  228. Posted by Boss on March 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Niggas these crackers are wack at alta high they all hating on our swagger. Black power just like malcom x my nigga. Racists White boys be trippin. I have a dream that black people will rule. We got hops and bigger dongs hell ya my brother!!!!

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    • Posted by Rolltide on March 23, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      Hahaha. We’ve been ruling y’all forever you dumb nigger. I guarantee that no niggers will rule over whites. White Power!
      The South will Rise Boys!
      Mackay better be getting an apology from Larz.

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      • Posted by mixedntheUSA on March 24, 2011 at 2:06 am

        UTAH ALERT!!! Please watch the WHITE WOMEN in your family, because these BLACK MEN can’t get away…. Yes, they are ruling your women and muddying your race…. uh-oh! Now they are not only ruling your sisters and MOTHERS (on the the “down low”), but now over your half white and white ciblings, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. They love BLACK men. WE ALL DO.
        The whole planet will be mixed with LOVERS of black men by noon on July 4th, 2012!

      • Posted by Go Home on March 24, 2011 at 2:08 am

        Mckay is a peice of shit, just like you^^

    • Posted by Anonymous on March 28, 2011 at 1:57 am

      Haha how ironic! He used black power and racist white boys in the same comment haha

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  229. Posted by Carole Hanson on March 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Larz, from a little old lady in southern Utah, I applaud your courage and your actions in calling out this blatant racism for what it is. Way to go, young man! You are right and you have the respect and support of many people!”Wrong’ is always wrong. Hold your head high … your future is bright while those the dimwits who would laugh at such atrocities face a ‘dim,’ dismal tomorrow!

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    • Posted by YOT on March 29, 2011 at 4:59 am

      This is probably Larz himself

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    • Posted by AltaStudent on March 30, 2011 at 5:45 am

      Hey little old white late from southern utah. FUCK you, larz is WRONG and so are you… He has no respect from any one and his little publicity stunt has done nothing but trouble in our school. I’m not racist, but i want to lynch larz i really really really do…Carole Hanson, get your facts straaight then think about it, then you will realized that larz is an asshole.

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    • Posted by Steve on March 31, 2011 at 4:18 am

      I AGREE, Little minded Mormon racists need to be called out and join the real world. Larz is obviously man enough to be a real leader while these punk kids who think they are becoming Gods are a bunch of followers of the most ignorant kind.

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  230. Posted by Larz on March 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Niggr

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    • Posted by Steve on March 31, 2011 at 4:20 am

      I hope they track all you retard Mormon arrogant punks back to your URL and kick your stupid asses out of school so you miss your missions so your mommies can cry and take prozac.

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  231. Posted by 13 on March 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    i get called fat every fucking day and i dont go call the god damn news grow a pair and deal with it

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    • Posted by Go Home on March 24, 2011 at 1:58 am

      I get called a Jew everyday like it is somethimg to be ashamed of. Get over it, preferably while on a treadmill. Larz may have gone out of hand but he did somethimg about it, what’s you excuse chubs? oh yeah, GROW A PAIR

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    • Posted by Fat ass^ on March 24, 2011 at 2:11 am

      Kid, when Larz goes to the gym and comes back white, start talking. Btw, how is your break from WoW?

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  232. Posted by Forest widaker on March 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Well done brothers yall make me proud the south will rise again white power

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    • Posted by Go Home on March 24, 2011 at 1:53 am

      What’s wrong with you? I may not completly agree with the sitaution at hand, but were is your place to be so rude. Where is your humanity? South lost for a reason, and you belong dead with the rest of those racist assholes.

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      • Posted by Cheech on March 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm

        its a joke. LIGHTEN up. not EVERYTHING in life is serious, watch comedy central or BET if your into that. If you dont hear a single racist remark then get back to me and ill put up a larz flag in front of my house.

  233. Posted by MacGay on March 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    The kid probably doesnt even feel bad he wore the hood, he just feels bad because his reputation is being ruined because this whole scenario is being made a big deal like it should be. Larz was right to share this story or else everyone at Alta would prolly think mackay is the shit for doing something that they thought was a funny harmless prank

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    • Posted by AltaStudent on March 30, 2011 at 5:49 am

      fuck you MacGay. Larz was wrong and he really did ruin Mackay’s future. Took his scholarship away and expelled him from alta. Does he deserve his life to be ruined for a stupid joke?? He feels terrible for making a stupid mistake and you just assume he doesn’t. Fuck you

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  234. Posted by Unbelievable on March 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    All we keep hearing are justification stories as to him just joking around? He needs to understand the importance of what he did was wrong and own up to his actions. I know he was suspended, but I hope this situation will help him learn the seriousness of his actions and that he will be able to acknowledge that there are always consequences whether it be good or bad for his actions.

    Trying to shove this incident under a rug and think that this will go away is ridiculous on your part. A lot of you say that Lars is taking this way out of proportion. How would you deal with this? Laugh it off and say, “It’s okay?”. He is doing a commendable thing by writing a blog and not including violence. If this situation occurred in a school out west in Utah you can guarantee this student would have gotten his butt whooped. Lars is doing the right thing by making this situation publicly known. I’m sorry you don’t want your friend to be labeled as a racist but even racist people don’t even know they’re racist but they show it with their actions and his behavior showed this at the spirit assembly.

    I hope all of you students can really ponder about this and make a change and stand up for what is right. Do the right thing even if it’s not the norm.

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    • Posted by Anonymous on March 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      If this happened to me I would talk to the person about it, not tell the office, tell the media, make a blog, and have my father include it in his book. This is just drama. I literally have never seen a high school girl more dramatic about something. I never thought a high school boy would be more dramatic than high school girls.

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  235. Posted by stanley on March 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    what this kid doesn’t realize is that the same hood he wore to represent himself, many other white supremacists used to represent oppression against innocent African American men, women, and children. And for all of you guys saying that he’s being punished to harshly and hes just a wholesome, innocent high school kid who is naive and doesn’t know any better; the kid made a conscious choice and now he has to face the consequences of his actions like a man. And trust me, he’s getting off easy with an 8 day or how ever long it is suspension.

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  236. Posted by DAVE on March 23, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I find this whole thing comical because in all reality nothing is going to come of this. I’m pretty sure this just made things worse at alta. If anyone thought it was good that he went to the news and brought this story out, you are completely wrong because now the hate has increased. Larz just made himself a target for more criticism and hate, as well as his father.

    I know both kids personally and Larz is no better than Mackay. However i consider Mackay the bigger man for standing up and apologizing numerous times for his stupidity.

    And just so everyone knows, racism is not illegal and everything Mackay did is protected by the Constitution of the United States, which apparently no one here knows anything about.

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  237. Posted by Jorge on March 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I think we can clearly all agree (well any normal human being) that the actions of this kid were not right and not acceptable. He needs to grow up and be a little more sensitive toward black people because of the harmful historical meaning. However i dont think it was an act of hate at all, and even though its personal it should not be taken personally. Hes a dumb teenager who didnt think before he acted and im sure theres plenty of us who have done things that we didnt think about and look back later and regret and think what was i thinking. Be a little easier on the boy. I dont think he was trying to be racist or hate anyone.

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  238. Posted by Hawk on March 23, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Lars, calm down. this is a serious issue i agree, but do you see your fellow black people getting in a hurt about it? were they mad he did it yes? did they take it personal? no. so why dont you just calm down bro. Oh yeah, if you make lies, try to make them believable, cause i know for a fact that you never went up to him and took his hood off, or that you didnt any tough guy crap like that. So just calm down. Why are white people the only racists? Black people can call whites whatever they please and make whatever jokes they please, but when a white person makes a joke everyone gets pissed. Why is that? If the people on the news knew that Lars told a crap story and lied in all of it then i bet they wouldn’t have done the story. But Lars wants attention cause he isn’t cool enough to get it by talking to people. So everyone just calm down.

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    • Posted by wait. wut? on March 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      I want to go ahead and address your statements regarding the apparent one-sidedness of racism. The reason behind this, I think it is fair to say, is the history of racism in our country. Not only has white-against-black racism been present longer, it also has a far greater reputation for violence and oppression. While I agree there is a bit of a double standard, it’s not acceptable to use that to diminish the implications of something like an apparent KKK reference.

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      • Posted by Bill on April 2, 2011 at 5:44 pm

        I agree, wait. I was raised in Utah with a non-nuanced view of racism that included easy to remember sayings like, “Lincoln freed the slaves, get over it” and “Slavery’s been over for 200 years,–move on in life!” Of course–like many Alta High students, I was born on third base and thought I’d hit a triple–I had no notion of Jim Crow, the segregation of troops, Plessy v. Ferguson and the horrible conditions that blacks lived under well past the time I was born.

  239. Posted by Jorge on March 23, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Also if you look eight comments up and look at boss’ comment you can see that racism goes both ways and neither are right and you can see how they both can fuel eachother and the flame will never die because of the pride of each side. Be ready to deal with this for the rest of your life because both sides are equally prideful and ridiculous and wont give and inch.

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  240. Posted by Hawk on March 23, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    All the people that go to Alta know it was just a joke and are brushing it off, cause Mckay is a jerk and everyone knows it. But everyone that doesnt go here are agreeing with you, but they dont know the situation. Interesting.

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  241. Posted by tongacrip on March 23, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    oh my hell! for all the old people talking&saying “larz, your a brave young man to stand up for yourself.”Shut the hellllll up!!!!! seriously larz, you could of just went&talked to mackay personally! &tell him that the shizz he pulled was stupid&it offended you! Instead of blogging about it, going to the media making a BIG ASS deal about it&being a lil’ beezy about it! And mackay did not taunt you! I was walking right behind you while we were passing mackay&he just sat there&you got pissed, started swearing at him, reached over&snatched the hood!-like seriously, if your gonna go into detail-tell EVERYTHING that was said..including what you said to them! so don’t try to be so innocent!! ugh! because of you&this whole blog, everyone in the damn nation thinks our school’s racist! like really though? Alta is far from racist! & i know damn well mackay is not racist at allllllllll! he did it for our jr class&you took it the wrong way!! & your bi-racial? the other niggas that are full black didn’t have a problem with it because they know mackay&they know that he isn’t racist. you know mackay&blogged about this shizz for attention! and stop trying play the victim when you know damn well you pick on the niggas at alta! so all you old geezers. get real, come to alta, know both sides of the story&then make your statement about this whole stupiud as situation! rawhideee:)

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    • Posted by Dancer(; on March 24, 2011 at 5:25 am

      Thank god there are people like you in the world.

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    • Posted by mmm mmm good on March 26, 2011 at 5:20 am

      please tell the administration everything you saw!!!! it would save mackay!!!!!1

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      • Posted by Steve on March 31, 2011 at 4:16 am

        FIRE THE ADMINISTRATORS AND ONCE AND ALL SEND A REAL MESSAGE ABOUT RACISM IN UTAH!

    • Posted by Bill on April 2, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      I’m part of the whole world and I don’t think your whole school is racist. I DO think your school has some really tough issues that it has to deal with and anyone who looks at this blog would have to come to the same conclusion.

      I also think you need to work on your writing skills.

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  242. Posted by The truth on March 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    You guys are all wrong. This is an Illuminati conspiracy. They are trying to start a second civil war here in America. Oh and fuck u larz

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  243. ALTA’S JOCKS/MEATHEADS/FOOTBALL PLAYERS, ARE THE JOKE.

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    • Posted by F YOU A on March 24, 2011 at 2:40 am

      YOURE JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE THE TEAM! thats why larz had this outburst. He’s the only non-athletic black kid in the whole school!

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  244. Posted by Black Waste on March 23, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Question: Want to know why all black cities are the slums? Answer: Because there are no white people there to pay taxes. Thanks for playing.

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  245. Posted by Quitwastingyourtime on March 23, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    The south will rise again!

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  246. Posted by LarzSupporter on March 23, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Alright, First off, Larz, you absolutely did the right thing, and everyone who is saying he overreacted, he definitely did not. He is not just bringing up this incident, but ALL of the racism at Alta. Those of you saying that this wasn’t racism, just stupidity, i agree. To a point. I am a black sophomore at Alta and i am going to say that this is definitely ONE OF THE most insensitive and racist high school in the valley. And how much do you want to bet that everyone that disagrees with this statement is white? You try and go to school every day and be called a “nigger”. On average, I am called a “nigger” 6 times a day, simply walking to class, eating lunch or saying Hi to a friend. And yes, most of the time it is my so-called “friends” that call me the name, but when you put the word “F-ing” in front of it, i dont feel so cool about it.Out of all My white friends, which is probably about 98% of my friends, around 30% have called or frequently call me a NIGGER. Im not exaggerating or making things up. I do wish to remain anonymous because who knows what Brad Johnson or some of the actually racist guys will do to me if they read this. It is actually ridiculous how insensitive and rude people are at this school. It’s about time someone stood up against it at this school. Imagine if you (Being white) went to a school in Alabama where 95% of the kids are BLACK. And everyday they come up to you calling you “CRACKER” and “whitey”. Not a pleasing image? Thats what we have to go through. Im not saying that everyone here is a rude racist but honestly? Have some respect. Its about time black people are stood up for and I am right next to Larz here.

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    • Posted by BKD(Junior at alta) on March 24, 2011 at 3:19 am

      “lars supporter”,

      I agree with you. I have noticed racism at alta, and it is a big problem. The fact that you have to remain Anonymous because of fear, is not okay at all. This man is unable to say who he is because of what could happen to him. THAT IS NOT OKAY! Why should someone live in fear, or have to deal with racist comments every day? This is a public school where everyone should feel comfortable and safe. Something should be done about this issue immediately.

      We are all human, and we all bleed red. To me, we are all the same.

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    • Posted by mmm mmm good on March 26, 2011 at 5:17 am

      it is your choice to be friends with those people. and how would you know if alta is one of the most racist schools in the valley? you have only been to alta…..

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  247. Posted by AltaChick. on March 23, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Alright so here’s the deal. I go to Alta, I know the kid who did it, and I know he was trying to be funny, but it WASN’T. I was shocked by it and I can’t believe so many people are telling Larz to get over it and move on. Everyone blaming Larz for all this attention is an IDIOT, Mackay created the mess. If you don’t want everyone thinking our school is full of racists, then cut it out with the N-word, and the racial jokes, and the stupid stunts like this! Honestly! The fact that so many kids don’t care shocks me! Guys we can’t just “bursh it off”, we need to fix it!

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    • Posted by jedojedo on March 24, 2011 at 2:01 am

      WHO FUCKING CARES IF YOUR LITTLE SHIT-BUTTON SCHOOL IS SCENE AS RACIST? DOES ANY OF THAT REALLY MATTER IN THE GRAND SCHEME OF LIFE? GET YOURSELF THE FUCK OVER THE WHOLE “RACIST” ACCUSATIONS. I AM OPENLY RACIST; THE WORD HAS ZERO POWER OVER ME AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE. I SIMPLY CAN’T STAND TO BE AROUND BLACKS FOR ANY REASON. I HAD TO GO TO SCHOOL WITH THEM, WORK WITH THEM, ETC. EVERYTIME, THEY PROVED TO BE AN OBSTACLE, AND NOT AN ASSET. YOUR PROBABLY SOME LITTLE BITCH WHITE KID WITH LIBERAL PARENTS THAT WATCHES FAMILY GUY AND JON STEWART, WHO GOES AGAINST HIS OWN KIN SO AS NOT TO BE LABELED A BIG, BAD “RACIST.” GROW A PAIR, FAGGOT!

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      • Posted by AltaChick. on March 24, 2011 at 3:32 am

        Wow. Aren’t you just the greatest. So high and mighty why…? Because you can openly say you’re a racist? Gee, aren’t you just an inspiration. You realize you’re only the 400th person to say something like that in response to this right? And you know what? Yeah, this is important. In the “grand scheme of life” I don’t want to look back and think “Wow, I went to one seriously racist school.” I don’t care who you think I am, you pathetic low-life.

      • Posted by wait. wut? on March 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm

        Cant. Tell. If. Trolling.

    • Posted by Bill on April 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      You are a kid Alta can be proud of. If there were more students like Altachick-and less kids who want to hide behind and make excuses, there could be some real learning from all of this.

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  248. Posted by The HIDE will RISE on March 23, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Ok jackass now you fuckkked with the hide . You know exactly who we are , you know we do whatever the fuck we want an that no one does shit about it . I have multiple black friends who I’d do anything for . but yr just a dumb little jungle bunnyy . The whole school an town hates you . If you got shit to say you know who we are Rawhide -100- strong at the drop of a Hat .

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    • Posted by teutos on March 24, 2011 at 2:04 am

      And I have NO black “friends” and would never associate with a black, because, unlike your guilt-riddled, brow-beaten white ass, I don’t need black friends to reference in order to point out that this kids is a nigger, without feeling badly.

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    • Posted by tim on March 24, 2011 at 3:55 am

      Why do you feel you need to point out that you have “multiple black friends?” Why is it so important for you to not be labled a “racist?” Your Utah school sounds like it must be some kind of polically-correct zoo.

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      • Posted by Q-tee on March 24, 2011 at 5:30 am

        You have no idea……………seriously.

      • Posted by by stander on March 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm

        Racist and proud of it huh? No wonder the state is going down the shit hole with you dim wits dragging down the national IQ.

    • Posted by hey ya on March 24, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      what the fuck is raw hide

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    • Posted by anonymous on March 29, 2011 at 7:06 am

      Hey Brad. I’m totally and completely on Mackays side and all but saying stuff like this isn’t helping Mackays situation. So if you really wanna do something beneficial, take your foot out of your mouth and SHUT UP.

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    • Posted by Really Get Real on March 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      Grow up Brad, you are only embarrassing yourself. Seriously your parents should be ashamed of you, as should all of your friends!

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      • Posted by I on March 31, 2011 at 1:36 am

        Brad hasn’t posted a comment you stupid fuck.

      • Posted by Really Get Real on April 1, 2011 at 1:17 am

        Really, his Facebook wall showed differently, at least until he deleted it all…Please all of you children really need to see the true harm you are doing to your friend Mackay, your school, and now the principal, and vice principal. Now the principal has resigned, seriously, shame on all of you! Read this right ALL OF YOU, SINGLE LAST ONE OF YOU!

    • Posted by Jason on March 29, 2011 at 7:32 pm

      Rawhide? Good luck Brad Johnson and his ilk. You have exposed yourselves for the world to see.

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      • Posted by Huh? on March 30, 2011 at 3:34 am

        Lol…in fact, MacKay could probably throw a big thanks a lot out to Brad Johnson! If not for Brad and his anonymous friends thinking nobody knows who they are and that they are so bad ass that nobody can touch them this whole situation would likely be resolved by now. The District knows who you and your rawhide buddies are…good luck!!!

      • Posted by I on March 31, 2011 at 1:34 am

        What the fuck? Why are you guys talking about Brad Johnson. He has not made one single comment on this blog and every comment saying Rawhide was not posted by him. Stop slandering his name.

    • Posted by Really Get Real on March 29, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      Brad “Rawhide” Johnson, you are only embarrassing yourself, by behaving in this manner. Your parent’s should be extremely disappointed in you as should your friends…If I where Mackay, I would not want to associate with the likes of you…I understand you want to help to protect your friend, but seriously all you are doing is hurting him more and showing that racism does exist at Alta High School…There are better ways for you to express yourself, but acting like a damn a racist hillbilly, is not doing him a bit of good!Brad “Rawhide” Johnson, you are only embarassing yourself, by behaving in this manner.

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      • Posted by I on March 31, 2011 at 1:31 am

        You don’t even know what the fuck you are talking about. Everyone on here talking about Brad Johnson can shut the fuck up. He isn’t even involved in this situation one little bit. All of you can shut the fuck up because you’re slandering Brads name and he doesn’t deserve it. Brad is a good and loyal kid and is not racist at all.

      • Posted by I <3 Brad Johnson on March 31, 2011 at 6:38 pm

        Shut the Fuck up! Brad did not put any comments or said Rawhide on this blog. Leave him out of it, he’s a good kid and isn’t racist at all. Stop slandering his name you pussies!

      • Posted by Really Get Real on April 1, 2011 at 1:19 am

        AGAIN,his Facebook wall showed differently, at least until he deleted it all…Please all of you children really need to see the true harm you are doing to your friend Mackay, your school, and now the principal, and vice principal. Now the principal has resigned, seriously, shame on all of you! Read this right ALL OF YOU, EVERY SINGLE LAST ONE OF YOU!

  249. Posted by poop on March 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    SHUT THE FUCK UP!

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  250. Posted by James Ericson on March 24, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Good for you larz. I am amazed at how ignorant these kids are that are saying this was a joke. Pull out a history book guys, that symbol is not a joke. I’m a senior in high school just like you guys, but I’m not ignorant enough to think that something like this can just be a joke for some spirit assembly.

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  251. Posted by jedojedo on March 24, 2011 at 1:54 am

    THIS IS WHY THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS OF AMERICA SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN DESEGREGATED. THIS KIND OF CRAP WOULDN’T HAPPEN IF WHITES WEREN’T FORCED TO ACCOMODATE NEGROES. IT’S SIMPLY NOT IN EITHER PARTYS’S BEST INTERESTS. AND WHAT A DISGUSTINGLY UGLY-ASS EXCUSE FOR A HUMAN THAT THIS NIGGER IS!

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    • Posted by Go Home on March 24, 2011 at 2:05 am

      People like you need to grow the fuck up. Your the reason America is a piece of shit and probably always will be. Instead of the Blacks being killed, people with your type of attitudes and ideas shuold be, cause you bring nothing into this world, NOTHING.

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      • Posted by jedojedo on March 24, 2011 at 2:23 am

        Listen faggot-fuck, you just proved that you’re just another maniacal, hypocritical loser. You think my kind should be killed? I guarantee you are probably a white faggot with liberal parents, brain-washed fuck-head. Let me know where you live, so I can come visit, and you can go ahead and try to kill me, since you think that I don’t have the right to live. I’d love to get my hands around your throat, faggot.

      • Posted by junior on March 24, 2011 at 2:45 am

        Hypocrite! So you condone violence against whites who have had terrifying experiences with other races, and choose to live seperately from them? And to the moderator, if you remove my response, be sure to remove Go Home’s response to my original post as well. Otherwise, you too approve of violence against dissenting whites as well. Clown.

      • Posted by tim on March 24, 2011 at 3:51 am

        So you advocate the murder of white people who have a dissenting opinion, do you? You sound pretty hate-filled and hypocritical to me.

      • Posted by Rolltide on March 24, 2011 at 5:39 am

        Fuck you nigger. Illiterate piece of shit like the rest of the colored folks!

  252. Posted by Stonewall Jackson on March 24, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Ever think how pissed them naggers would be if we had white entertainment television??? if we had all white colleges?? People say we are racist cause we hate on black people?? well isnt it racist that they hate on white people just as bad??…..fuckin bull shit!!!

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  253. Posted by Troll on March 24, 2011 at 2:18 am

    this kids logic is flawed

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  254. Posted by Abraham Lincoln on March 24, 2011 at 2:33 am

    I knew I shoulda never freed them slaves!!

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  255. Posted by JLKIP09 on March 24, 2011 at 2:38 am

    For real dude> get over it. It was a joke. It was wrong, but it’s been blown way out of porportion. Do you not get that the Juniors color is white and the seniors is black? I know Mac on a personal level and he isn’t racist. I go to Alta and can I say I honestly do not know someone who is an actual racist. Take a joke. No one else cared. You must think all black people that use the n word are racist towards their own people too huh? Double standard. What he did was stupid, but really? Grow up and learn how to get over things. This whole thing is a joke. If someone went to the news every single time someone was mean to a lot of people, he wasn’t targeting you directly so that would be pretty cool if this blog didn’t lie. Then the news would have a story about every High School every single day. They would be interviewing kids about how the Sophomores were being targeted because they can’t park in the parking lot. Grow up.

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  256. Posted by AB on March 24, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Hey i think what you did by standing up was a good thing. I do think this whole situation got blown a little out of proportion. People on here trying to tell you how stupid you are for standing up are not worth it. Most of them are probably white and dont understand what it feels like. Dont let their words get to you man.

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  257. Posted by Heaps on March 24, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Amen to that! Im not saying this in a racist way im just proving a point but Say anything you want to a white guy, he’s fine, say anything to an asian, he’s fine, say something to a black and some of them just lose it. Yeah i think the whole KKK thing was a little out of hand and probably should not have happened but putting him on the news? That screws him over, that screws all students at alta over, it can even put a bad rep on Utah. Larz said something about “solving this in a peaceful way” ??? Yes, KKK mask was a stupid joke but to take it to the news? To expel him might be much but i heard he cant play football now either which could be his career. So by ruining all his chances at being successfulness in life is peaceful? Sorry but screw you Larz, im a white guy and im very offended…. Maybe i should take this to the news >:O

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  258. Posted by ihavenoname on March 24, 2011 at 3:24 am

    I hate Mackay, you think this is funny? Stupid rich kid proabably lived his whole life just getting what ever the hell he wanted. I wish his punishment was more severe I don’t think it is funny. Would it be funny if someone started to burn the book of mormon? No because all the mormons would flip a bitch. But since we have a lack of black people at alta it seems to be ok. Too bad Mackay didn’t get his ass kicked. Little bitch boy.

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    • Posted by Cheech on March 24, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      Are you a mind reader? you have no idea what has happened to mackay in his life, none of us know everything that has happened to him. He feels awfull about what he’s done. Larz has clearly taken this too far.. Instead of taking his anger and spinning it into something positive like Elie Wiesel. He’s simply turned it into hate agains mackay. Trying to ruin a kids life for 30 seconds of mistakes is just as wrong as wearing a KKK hood to school.. Larz is lying and is using this whole thing to get 5 minutes of fame.

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    • Posted by YOT on March 29, 2011 at 5:05 am

      That’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever said. Say something to his face or kick his ass if you think it should be done bitch

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  259. Posted by TROLLIN on March 24, 2011 at 3:35 am

    THEY SEE ME TROLLIN’ THEY HATIN’

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  260. Posted by yung joc on March 24, 2011 at 3:44 am

    I get called a ginger, a fat ginger every day at school. what are you bitchin about?

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  261. Posted by Janet on March 24, 2011 at 4:31 am

    Larz, Thank you for taking steps to make the world a better place.

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    • Posted by Cheech on March 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      Ruining a kids future is the BEST way to make the world a better place…

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      • Posted by Janet on March 25, 2011 at 5:02 am

        Hey Cheech, a kid whose future is “ruined” by something he did in high school. . . obviously then the kid had nothing going for him. Larz did the right thing. (Oh yeah, you’re a Harvard graduate??? Thanks for the belly laugh!)

  262. Posted by Serums on March 24, 2011 at 4:37 am

    You are so full of shit. No one likes you, and this is your way of proving everyone right. You just want attention. You need to grow up and learn to take a joke. It was against the seniors that were wearing black. Way to make yourself hated.

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    • Posted by Seriously? on March 24, 2011 at 11:35 pm

      It doesn’t matter if it was targeted at black people or the seniors wearing black, it still was racist and wrong. I think that you are the one that needs to grow up if you thought that it was a joke or funny. Everyone needs to stop beleaguering Larz, all he did was speak up for himself.

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  263. Posted by Doesn't matter. on March 24, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Joke or not, it was very stupid to have been done or even of thought of. The boy that had done the stupid act had now recieved his punishment more than enough. Larz, you have proven your point to the public that racial misconduct like this shouldn’t be happening. So I don’t understand why you need to keep bringing this to a point. I went to Alta, I know what it was like. I recently just graduated from there last year. That school is not what you’re portraying it to be. Just because of one kids stupidity, doesn’t mean that the entire school body and school itself should have a bad “rep”. Because of you, that one particular boy has now supposably last his football privledges, lost his scholarship, and is now not allowed to enroll in any school affilitated with the Canyons School District.

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  264. Posted by Hahahaha on March 24, 2011 at 4:49 am

    You think you’re so cool don’t you? Funny..

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  265. Posted by Saxon freakin Jackman. on March 24, 2011 at 4:59 am

    Joke or not, it was very stupid to have been done or even of thought of. The boy that had done the stupid act had now recieved his punishment more than enough. Larz, you have proven your point to the public that racial misconduct like this shouldn’t be happening. So I don’t understand why you need to keep bringing this to a point. I went to Alta, I know what it was like. I recently just graduated from there last year. That school is not what you’re portraying it to be. Just because of one kids stupidity, doesn’t mean that the entire school body and school itself should have a bad “rep”. Because of you, that one particular boy has now supposably last his football privledges, lost his scholarship, and is now not allowed to enroll in any school affilitated with the Canyons School District.
    So in conclusion, Larz, you have proved your point racil misconduct like this shouldn’t have happened, but McKay has learned from his mistake and has been trying to prove himself and not let something dumb like this happen again, whether it be him, or somebody else.
    But now we’re being told that you’re wanting to get onto the Ellen show? What are you going to prove with that action? Publicity, fame, etc.? We all know that racial discrimination is not good and that we’re all created equal in the eyes of God. But you have proved your point, its been aired on numerous televison stations and seen by probably thousands. Many of the other million Americans would think that what happened is dumb and shouldn’t have happend. But you’re ruining a good kids life with this. We all (most) make that one big mistake in our lives, and this happened to have been his.

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    • Posted by Saxon freakin Jackman. on March 24, 2011 at 5:12 am

      **I’m neutral in this confrontation. I am choosing neither party in this and am just expressing my thoughts just as everybody else here has. I do know each of you two personally and I know that you two are both kind and friendly with those around you.

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    • Posted by Agreed on March 24, 2011 at 5:40 am

      Hoenestly out of all the comments I have read on here this is by far the best one that I have read. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I completely agree with you and I am behind you all the way.

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  266. Posted by JAKE ARBONER on March 24, 2011 at 5:02 am

    I love big fat harry black penis in my mouth. When I see a black guy I just think to myself that i want to break off a piece off that dark chocolate kit kat bar. mmmmm. Give me more give me more. Oh and skeeter is my life, he bosses me around I’m totally chill with it. I’d make him a sandwich.

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  267. Posted by Shalese on March 24, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Wow Larz, thanks for having the courage to stand up for yourself and your class mates. To every other ignorant high school kid that called you a baby for putting this out there, Larz is a stronger person than you’ll ever be. Everyone else was to afraid to call racism out when they see it. He has more balls than you guys do. You’re way ahead of your class Larz. For Mackays sake he better learn how to be a little less naive. Same thing goes for the rest of the racist students I’m seeing making comments on this blog. One day you’ll be in the real world and you’ll “joke around” like this and you’ll get beat to death. For your own safety I recommend learning some respect and enter the 21st century for crying out loud. For everyone who says Alta High doesn’t have racists, I’m reading your comments and you’ve proven to have a lot of racists. It’s in black and white so how do you argue with that. For everyone who thinks Larz and his father are over reacting that’s nothing. If someone ever dances around my bi racial kids with KKK hoods on you’ll see over reacting. This white girl would put on some serious hurt. None of you high school kids understand a thing like that until you have your own kids that you need to protect. My kids are half black and after reading this post and your peers comments I would never let my kids go to a school like Alta High. You’ve all proven with your language and attitude what kind of kids go there. Wait till you see the real world and see how long you last with your attitudes.

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  268. Posted by Zach Storms on March 24, 2011 at 7:32 am

    As an Alta alum (08) I have two things to say:

    If you post an opinion, have the backbone to put your full name. Anonymity is a mask for the weak and frightened.

    Secondly, all this “controversy” only demonstrates that Sandy and Draper are inhabited (mostly, not wholly) by uneducated hicks who raise their children with no sense of history or the outer world; probably because they lack it themselves. Whether or not it is a joke is irrelevant–stupidity like this is inexcusable.

    I salute Larz for having the courage to bring national attention to such a disgusting populace (the student body). Alta never had a reputation and it only develops one when people continue to blatantly flaunt their lack of education and tact.

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  269. Posted by Shalese on March 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Heaps, from what I’ve heard about Alta’s football team Mackay was never going to make it a career anyways. You have to have a better record than that. He got himself kicked off the team. Why does everyone blame the person who told instead of the person committing the actions? He did this to himself.

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  270. Posted by Steve on March 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    If in fact McKay was removed from the football team I must express my deep disappointment in school administration for caving into the lies and cyber bullying undertaken by Mr. Cosby.

    I’m not excusing McKay’s actions, but Mr. Cosby has escalated the incident, and based on multiple eye witness reports has lied about the actual event and continued to exacerbate the racial tension. By many first person accounts this is a manipulative, self serving and libelous cyber bully attack on a naive high school student. I hope the school and district administration is able to sort through all this and arrive at both the truth and reasonable discipline.

    While we are doling out discipline, what is Alta’s regarding cyber bullying, libel, creating racial tension and inciting incidents contrary to the educational mission of the school?

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    • Posted by pot calling the kettle black on March 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

      Larz is not only a cyber bully he is a bully at school. He is physically and mentally abusing his peers all the time. I would like administration to look into what type of kid he is. I think that will happen in time. Kids are sick of him attacking them and parents are going to put a stop to this. I think Larz did exactly what he wanted to do and that is get his Dad and himself their 15 minutes of fame. What Mackay did was not right but I know it was not directed at “black people”.

      Larz: I think you have short man’s syndrome 5’5″ and 150 lbs. Be glad I’m not in high school because if you even touched me I would drop you like a bag of bricks! You will eventually get what you deserve you can not go through life as a BULLY someone somewhere will knock you down a notch or two. So you better change your ways if you want to survive in this “cruel world” we live in because you will not make it acting the way you do. I don’t see much of a future for someone like yourself! Grow up and man up and take responsibility for your own pathetic actions! If you touch another kid or make fun of another kid and I find out I will go to the district and I will take it as far as I can even if that means going to every news station out there!! You will see what it feels like when the camera is turned on you!

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  271. Posted by Shalese on March 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    So MacKay dances around in a KKK hood and uses hail Hitler salutes and Larz is the one causing racial tension?! It amazes me that everyone seems to think that he should just shut up and be quiet so that Alta doesn’t look bad. It’s the kids like Mackay and the other ignorant kids that have commented on here that make Alta look bad. The more you try and justify his actions the worse you guys look.

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    • Posted by Steve on March 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      Well actually Shelese, according to eye witness accounts the “hail” (I think you mean heil) Hitler salute didn’t actually happen and is an embellishment. Further, Larz continues to ignore McKay’s attempts to apologize but rather continues to exacerbate the racial tension that’s been created by milking the incident until it is dry trying to stay in the public limelight.

      Motivations have become fairly apparent on their face. I don’t and never would condone what the hood wearing kid did, but I believe Mr. Cosby has created far more racial tension and what he’s attempting to do is FAR worse than the spirit assembly incident.

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    • Posted by Steve on March 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      In fact, I believe based on my understanding that comes from reading multiple eye witness accounts that Mr. Cosby not only has engaged in Cyber bullying, but that a legal civil case could be made for libel. I think there is a demonstrable attempt on Mr. Cosby’s part to use disinformation (read lies) in an effort of premeditated character assassination. There is certainly legal precedent for liability in these cases involving electronic and broadcast media, it would make for an interesting law suit.

      If I were this child’s parent, I would be making copies of the broadcast video, news reports and this blog before it disappears.

      This is all just conjecture on my part of course, and just my humble opinion.

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  272. Posted by Rolltide on March 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Rawhide!

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  273. Posted by Tyrell Ferris on March 24, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Larz is my hero. All of alta is racist its just a bunch of rich crackas.

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  274. Posted by ________________________________ on March 24, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    The problem with our generation is that we don’t have that sense of what went on during the time of racial discrimitation. Ya we watch the movies in history about it, but that doesn’t show what really went on. There are still those living that were racially persicuted by the KKK. But the crazy kid that owns this dumb blog is not one of those that lived in those times and had to deal with those kinds of things. So whatever Larz is trying to accomplish with the little fit that he threw, he needs to know that no one is going to stop acting like fools and we have proof of it. Just look at what a fool larz has made hisself.

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  275. Posted by ________________________________ on March 24, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    The problem with our generation is that we don’t have that sense of what went on during the time of racial discrimitation. Ya we watch the movies in history about it, but that doesn’t show what really went on. There are still those living that were racially persicuted by the KKK. But the crazy kid that owns this dumb blog is not one of those that lived in those times and had to deal with those kinds of things. So whatever Larz is trying to accomplish with the little fit that he threw, he needs to know that no one is going to stop acting like fools and we have proof of it. Just look at what a fool larz has made himself.

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  276. Posted by Amanda on March 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I had heard about this incident from a few friends, I graduated from alta high school last year, I am half black and never experienced any racism. I don’t agree with what happened to you whatsoever, but I also don’t think it’s accurate to assume every colored or different race student will be treated different for the color of their skin. I think you did the right thing to address the problem and not just let it slide, but this seems a little melodramatic to me.

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  277. Posted by Shalese on March 24, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Steve, I understand what you’re saying. I don’t agree that McKays future is destroyed now. It seems like kids feel so entitled these days that when someone is asked to be held accountable everyone flips out. He’ll turn 18, graduate and this will all be over. Hopefully he’ll have learned that this sort of thing isn’t funny. I actually think it’s better he learn it now than later on in life when he pisses off the wrong people and ends up in the ER. If I had read the blog by itself I would’ve thought that there was just one ignorant kid at the school, after reading his classmates comments I see that there are plenty of ignorant racist people there. I use to think Sandy was a nice community, now I would never live there. Sandy is abviously very sheltered and these kids better stay in Sandy with the attitudes they have. The real world would do much worse than what Larz and his father have done.

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    • Posted by Ana on March 24, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      Well said. McKay still has a future. Why are people acting like his life is ruined? Consequences are a part of life and they allow us to learn from our mistakes. His so-called “joke” was a mistake and if that’s all it REALLY WAS, then take the advice to “lighten up.” (And if you’re offended by me saying that you should “lighten up” don’t be a hypocrite by thinking you’re the only one allowed to give that advice).

      If he isn’t a racist, fine, he isn’t–but with the way things have turned out, the only way he’ll be able to prove that is to avoid future retaliation and live as an upstanding citizen.

      I’m sure McKay, if he chooses, is perfectly capable of doing that. If he truly isn’t stupid and dumb as many have claimed, support him by standing by him in his apology.

      Larz,it sounds like many people are digging up dirt on you. I think you and McKay are in similar positions in that your lives can never be the same again. You also have the opportunity to become a better person. I agree that something needed to be done. These situations are too often ignored and ignoring perpetuates the naivete expressed by many of your opponents. Take this opportunity to educate and not hate. Hate is the easy way out; those who fought for the civil rights you have today understood that.

      I hope the teachers and administration at this school recognize their role in bringing this situation to a peaceful resolution. If the adults don’t speak up because they would rather ignore, they are as much to blame. Shame on you if you saw this and thought nothing needed to be done!

      Do better.

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  278. Posted by Sherry on March 24, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    So the school administration needs to sit down and “interview” everyone that was at the spirit rally. The truth will eventually come out. Hopefully the students are honest and don’t embellish the truth because of how popular Mackay is or Larz. There are many people on herethat are saying he took this too far, but that doesn’t stop you from posting your comment and contributing to this. My sister is a journalist, apparently most of these comments are not even scanned over let alone read, they are simply going based off the number of comments. If you think this is all ridiculous then why waste the time reading through all of the comments?
    Hopefully neither of these students will be treated unfairly. If you are ommiting part of the truth Larz you need to man up and admit that. If Mackay is trying to apologize at least give him the time of day to listen to what he has to say. Hell it will give you something further to blog about.
    Mackay should be suspended and required to study all of the literature having to do with civil rights and the like. What he did was wrong regardless if he thought it was a joke or not. But this absolutely needs to be investigated and the truth needs to be brought to light. Just like the accusations were. It is only fair to both parties.
    Alta in itself is not a racist school, it is a school that is populated with mostly upper class whites, just like it was 15 years ago when I went to high school. The students there are niave to the real word. It isn’t their fault they are so sheltered.
    Either way any act of racism or discrimination is unacceptable. Students shouldn’t have to hide who they are just to get through the day. If you are poor, gay or any other race other than the majority crowd you are treated differently. That has always been how school is. That doesn’t make it right. Honestly this kid Larz is probably going to be treated worse now for opening up about his feelings and ruining the popular kids rep. That’s crap. Everyone is throwing out “Mackay is practicing his freedom of speech” blah blah blah…. so is Larz. If you don’t like the blog get off. Truth is this was broadcast throughout the media and a lot of people got curious and wanted to see what the deal was, it appears as if some of you guys are truely obsessed with this blog and like to comment every other comment and put random garbage and call names. What purpose does that serve? Are you really that immature that all you have to do in your life is sit on this blog and make yourself heard? It seems as if you are the one starved for attention not Larz.

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  279. This comment stream is too funny. I apologize to those of you who support Lars, but the misspelled grammar free comments of the potentially inbred racists are much more interesting. I have harvested some of my favorite quotes for my blog (http://adultonsetatheist.blogspot.com/2011/03/delusionati.html). My blog is small (only read by a couple thousand folks), but most of them have good educations and live outside Utah. They are unanimously amazed at how ignorantly racist Alta high’s student-parent body is…rock on! The story is being picked up by several folks who find it hilarious.

    Someone suggested that you could film a sequel to “the Hills Have Eyes” at Alta and post it on Youtube.

    Lars: Excellent exercise of your first amendment rights! You are right on, and your father must be awesome!

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    • Posted by SLDrone on March 24, 2011 at 11:22 pm

      Having tried to post a more balanced report of both the incident and the blog comments to your blog, I’m disappointed that you don’t have the intellectual honesty to allow them to remain.

      Unfortunately, you seem to prefer your once sided circular logic and misrepresentation of the facts. Good luck to you.

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      • My blog is not an open forum. I choose who comments and which comments I allow to stand. I also have some pretty stringent spam filters. I may have wanted to delete them, but your rambling fabrications were flagged as spam Ms SLDrone before I could. I did pull a copy of one out of my spam que. I think it is quaint that you were able to see someone wearing a KKK mask, find it unacceptable, and then not do anything about it; but when someone does do something about it you are indignant.

        As for my these it was that this is an interesting incident that illuminates the racial insensitivity in Utah, and that the responses to it by people like you are funny.

      • Posted by SLDrone on March 25, 2011 at 3:02 am

        You’ve completely misrepresented my post on your blog. I did not excuse the wearing of the hood, and I think it’s appropriate that the student was suspended. I’m not indignant about that in the slightest. I’m indignant about the misrepresentations, exaggerations and lies being told about the event.

        Your reply here is disingenuous, and your blog doesn’t not fairly represent the incident or the student body of Alta High School. You’ve selected the worst of the troll comments from anonymous sources and represented the entire school with those comments. You are dishonest.

      • Look Ms SLDrone…You may think I am misrepresenting your comments now, but I have just gotten started with dissecting them for a potential follow on post. The problem is that you have this misguided notion that I should try and hear what you want to say instead of what you are saying. My post was about the evil of banality and you may be banal and evil enough to be a poster child for the follow up.

        First…lets get to this quote from you: “It is a fallacy to assume the “antic” was racially motivated.”. A white kid wearing a KKK hood? Racially motivated…hmmm lets think…yes it was racially motivated! I don’t see a fallacy there; certainly not a logical fallacy. Perhaps it is the “you don’t think like I do fallacy”? Perhaps it is the “I don’t think that’s nice” fallacy?

        Let us pull out another quote from you: “Isn’t that the the same mistake the KKK made in the first place?”. No the mistakes the KKKmade were stringing people up, pouring gasoline on them and lighting hem on fire while they were sill alive, and using the white hood to intimidate people into accepting subhuman living conditions. If someone made one of those mistakes at Alta this year I missed hearing about it.

        Then you make this point in all caps: ”IT WAS NOT PREMEDITATED.”. I just love this one. I guess all the kids at Alta run around with KKK hoods in their pockets. Your boyfriend McCay (that appears to be the name people are calling him) just put his on at the wrong time. Why didn’t you tell him the hoods were for the after-school cross burning?

      • Posted by SLDrone on March 25, 2011 at 3:41 am

        Once again, quoting out of context and misrepresenting the whole. I wish you well.

      • I’m glad you wish me well. You have, of course, done more than wish me well; you have provided me with long rambling delusional quotes. Keep up the good work! Your racist classmates and friends certainly are! But…tell me one thing. Do you have your parents sew your KKK hoods or do you do it for some sort of club?

    • Posted by mmm mmm good on March 26, 2011 at 5:01 am

      you act so smart but you are missing some facts my friend, mackay was definitley not wearing an actual kkk hood, he was wearing a white pillow case with eyes cut out of it. i would know because i was actually there. unlike 78% of the people commenting on this blog. try to get your facts straight before you start posting things that are false all over your cute little blog. thanks.

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    • Posted by jakepeterson on March 26, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      there already is a sequel to hills have eyes. dumbass

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    • Posted by Eugene Terrblanche on March 30, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      Wow your blog is incredibly ugly and abrasive on the eyes.

      I suggest using a different set of fonts and change the layout. It would be hard to take anything you post seriously–in addition to the terrible writing displayed on the latest post–because the site is so incredibly amateur and poorly constructed.

      Oh a learn some photoshop/image editing skills.

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  280. Posted by Observer on March 24, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I found it interesting today while in math, Larz was sitting there on his iPad, commenting on his own blog under fake names, and deleting the ones that have a good point in favor of Mackay..

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  281. Posted by Senior on March 24, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I love how Larz thinks he is tough shit at school now. everybody hates him, besides his 5 friends. He had ruined the reputation of Alta. Himself. and Mackay. Get over yourself Larz. this happened a week ago.

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  282. Posted by Perhaps on March 24, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    This blog needs to be deleted. Erased from existence, it was created by one student who felt upset over the actions of another student. Now the press has set it’s eyes upon the school of Alta and has been picking at details and desecrating the reputation that this school has so carefully built upon it’s years. Racism and discrimination is horrible, only the worst kind of person would willingly use the word nigger as an insult to another human being. In the context of history, the label “nigger” was originally used to name a slave or freed-man. This is no longer the case, stop using it. The fact that one student was so careless to act in such an offensive way is not reasonable. Also whats not reasonable is labeling Alta as a racist school. Suppress your hatred, control your feelings, and act the better man! I do not know you Larz but I’m sure you’ll do the right thing. Delete this blog, if you cannot then rescind all claims made towards everyone at the school. Because not all of us are racist, and most of us care.

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  283. Posted by John Wayne on March 24, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    This is all shit larz you lied from the beginning and now you have to keep lying to cover up your lies. Just wait till the real truth comes out and youll feel like a dumbass

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  284. Posted by Troll on March 24, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    FAKE AND GAY!

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  285. Posted by Shanny on March 24, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Let me summarize it all for everyone:

    McKay is an idiot kid. A product of rich white parents who have never said no to McKay his entire life. This family is as arrogant as you will ever meet in this lifetime and they are all about their possessions. These parents have done nothing but tell McKay how great he is from the second he was born. They brag like no one you will ever hear. Its disgusting and it has produced a kid that thinks he can do whatever the hell he pleases whenever he wishes. Exhibit A: KKK hat at at the spirit rally.

    Having said that, I do not believe for one second that McKay is a racist. Stupid and arrogant, yes. Racist, no. This will be a tough tough lesson for the kid and for his egomaniac family.

    Now on to the race baiter, Larz Cosby. This is the perfect storm kiddies. Arrogant self absorbed kid pulls racist like stunt in front of what can only be considered a race baiter. I base this on what has happened since the incident occurred. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, its probably a duck. Larz actions to me are now worse than McKay’s. If this whole situation were happening the other way around, there would not be a situation at all. My guess is that in addition to local media, this family has probably already contacted plenty of national types like Al Sharpton, Oprah, Jesse Jackson and down the line. You wait, it will happen because its what race baiters do and its despicable.

    I am no fan of McKay or his pius parents but I do not agree with how this is coming down. Reverse discrimination is alive and well and this is a perfect example of it.

    Larz, let this go. You are bringing out the very worst in people with your actions and your unwillingness to accept an apology and let this go. If you act this way the rest of your life, it will be filled with discontent. That I can promise you. What you are doing now is far worse than the original idiotic action. It only works in today’s whacky mixed up world where reverse decriminalization is far stronger than supposed real racism (especially among todays generation).

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    • Posted by anon on March 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      x2

      Deal with the real emotional issues going on. Anybody is capable of making a mistake, Just take care of it, move on and forget it. Neither party was in the right. Man up apologize and Be grown ups. Racism is still an issue, however if all you’re looking for is racism, thats what your brain will tell you you’ll see. I wasn’t there, but go talk to a counselor or therapist who can help with the pent up emotions. As Ghandi said: Be the change you want to see in the world.

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    • Posted by tonightisyoung on March 26, 2011 at 4:47 am

      i like what you are saying, but i hate what you are saying about mackay and his family. you have no right to pretend like you know exactly how he is or how his parents raised him. you will NEVER know what happens behind closed doors, so please don’t pretend like you do. thanks.

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  286. Posted by kkk on March 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    your fuckin pathetic you piece of shit. it was a joke get over it loser! white pride!!!!!!

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  287. Posted by zuluMaster12436242512 on March 24, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    so umm why does larz think he is the only one getting descriminated against? Im a white kid and uh… i hear people make racist jokes about white kids. They call them white ni***rs. most of the african americans at our school are the most racist. so i dont get why you had to go to the news and tell people that alta high is racist and make it seem like its only towards black people. And just to let you know calling someone who is black black isn’t rude. it’s just decribing someone. just like calling someone skinny or fat or WHITE. so stop crying about this whole thing it just makes you look like a pussy. I have lost alot of respect for you but that doesn’t mean i hate you. I admit what Mackay did was stupid but you’re even more stupid for bringing it to the news. Now there is a bad rep for our school and despite what you think Mackay isn’t the one to blame. You are. Way to have school spirit bro. Now have fun being the Jackass that ruined it for us. GO ALTA!

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  288. Posted by justin bieber on March 24, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    you know how rumars start and then get blown way out of proportion this is exactly whats happening. have the stuff people are saying isnt even true not saying what mak did was cool. but it was a stupid joke that he has apoligized for many times over. so why are you pushing this so hard… he didnt hurt or attempt to hurt you. so whats your motive

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  289. Posted by john wane on March 24, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    smoke some weed and talk it through. give you a hundred bucks if your not buds by the end of it

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  290. Posted by jesuschr1st on March 25, 2011 at 12:10 am

    WWJD

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  291. Posted by non-racist girl on March 25, 2011 at 12:16 am

    funny how this will be the 600th comment and it still says “be the first to like this post”

    larz, sure what he did was offensive and ignorant, but what do you think you’re achieving by whining about it to the news? this could have been handled in a professional way that would have never gone past the alta administration. now you’ve labeled our whole school as racist and made everyone look bad. people dont glare at you in the halls because they’re racist, they glare because the hate you. and they dont hate you becaues you’re black, they hate you because you’re being immature and blowing things out of proportion to get attention. congratulations kid. i hope you sleep at night.

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  292. Posted by Joe on March 25, 2011 at 4:43 am

    This is stupid… It should have never gotten CLOSE to the news. Stuff like this happens almost everywhere, NOT JUST ALTA HIGH SCHOOL. It was bad and stupid what the kid did, and he deserves punishment, but it wasn’t THAT bad to be blown completely out of proportion as it is over the news and make our school look like a racist white trash school. It was just a dumb joke anyways, man, keep it real. There was little racism intended, if any. Thanks.

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  293. Posted by kid on March 25, 2011 at 5:28 am

    The problem with Sandy/Draper, UT is that a lot of these kids have been raised here for most of their lives. I feel as though it is like when a little kid swears for the first time. They don’t really know any better. With this I think McKay really didn’t mean it in a racist way just like when a little kid swears they don’t mean it to be derogatory. It is just that McKay and a lot of other kids at Alta have never been any place other than here. What he did was wrong. But he is a teenage boy, who obviously made a bad decision. Teenagers can be dumb. That is a fact. I in now way support what he did but at the same time he is not a racist kid. Things at the spirit bowl can get crazy. Probably why it has been cancelled so many times in years past.
    I understand where you are coming from larz but I definitely agree with a lot of people this was handled in a bad way. Yeah for sure go to talk to the VP if there is something bugging you. But that is where you leave it. Making a huge deal out of this does nothing good for anybody. It has only hurt McKay more, alta more, and you more. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but taking things to this level was so unbelievably unnecessary.
    Yeah I have my own spifs with some kids at Alta but who doesn’t? In no way can you label a whole school of almost 3,000 kids saying they are all racist.
    So I say you delete this blog. Because all it is doing is creating more tension and hatred between people. If you are so into treating everyone fairly then keeping this blog just makes you a hypocrite because it is fueling people to NOT be nice to each other.

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  294. Posted by the bullied on March 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    hi everyone i have been bullied and stereo typed by people at school they say i am yiddish ginger bitch and they also say i cant jump. i went to the news and they said my story isnt as interesting as lars’ so maybe ill start a blog if i dont get enough attention in the next few days

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  295. Posted by Eric on March 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Larz,

    Someone close to me is the civil rights director for the Utah State Department of Education. You seem like you have somewhat of a valid case, although racism is protected by the First Amendment – institutional racism is NOT protected (which would be Alta High School sanctioning or condoning the students actions, even by their lack of enforcement of school policies).

    Another thing to remember, schools have a lot of special case law involved with them that would swing in your favor in a racism case – as schools are state funded they are almost unionized in policy and thus things like prayer are not protected by the first amendment (but individual students rights to pray in schools is protected).

    Your main issue here is building a case to prove that his actions were indeed racist and hate motivated. If he was dancing around and taunting everyone, than you weren’t specifically targeted and thus have no case. If he was only targeting people of color, than that is racism – with or without the hood.

    Larz, the hood does not constitute association with the KKK or the Nazi Party – be careful with those kind of statements. It does however represent ideals that the said student would not want to be misunderstood and thus pose a danger to him.

    Lastly, Law and School Policy are dictated by separate entities. Your school policy will probably have more stringent standards for acts of hate and harassment in schools, should you find your case weak in the Law aspect, your schools harassment policy could inflict suspension or even expulsion.

    My contact will be able to tell you whether you should pursue a lawsuit, and whether it should be against Canyons School District (as Alta as an entity would not represent itself in court) or the student (and if under 18, his parents) himself. If a lawsuit is not plausible, then he would represent you to the administration and the district to make sure the student is removed from school – which is almost guaranteed.

    Of course, this is his job as a state attorney to represent students in your exact situation – without any cost to you. Please contact me if you feel any of these actions are something that you would like to pursue.

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  296. Posted by backseat of the bus on March 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    It’s time for the truth about this to come out. Lars you are an eggotistical publicity seeking selfish jerk who is blowing everything out of porportion. 1. First lie mckay did not do any heile hurled motions with his hands he was trying to get his class pumped.2. Second lie is that it was even a kkk hat. Anyone who say it knows it was flat topped pillow case with eye wholes in it. It had not distinct tip orpoint at all, it’s like saying someone with a ghost costume on Halloween is a kkk member also.3. There was no taunting no jumping around either.
    Fianlly Lars you should be ashamed of yourself for trying to make yourself popular and get back at someone you don’t like because he’s not your friend. You bully people all the time and this is the truth that needs to be heard

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    • Posted by FormerAlta on April 2, 2011 at 2:13 am

      So you plan on bullying as well, backseat of the bus? I don’t think anyone really believes it was an actually, genuine KKK hat. Making a pillowcase look like one is all he needed to make a racial point clear.

      I am certain his plan was not to become popular, but to speak his own emotions.

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  297. Posted by Nathan bedford forest on March 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    This is so dumb blown way out of proportion larz is dumb grow up or get out you dont like alta leave

    White power the south is rising

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  298. Posted by Kelly on March 25, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    First, you are a much stronger person than i am. I would have lost it and run home crying (Im a baby)
    Second I am so sad to hear that you we’re put through that. And I am very angered that, that happened at Alta!!!!! I graduated from there in 2000. I hope things change!!! I wish you luck and strength!

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  299. Posted by Rolltide on March 25, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    RAWHIDE:)

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  300. Posted by not a joke on March 25, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Let’s relate this to some utah harships people may hold as “cruelty” against a human race. How funny do all your LDS believers think this prank would have been if mackay dressed up like joseph smith and pranced around being tarred and feathered? Do you think that would be a good prank? I doubt it. What this kid did was not funny, and is something most intellegent grown up people would never DREAM about teasing about.

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    • Posted by tacostand on March 26, 2011 at 4:40 am

      comedy central. watch it sometime. those are “grown up people” making fun of the things you would never “dream about teasing about.”

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  301. Posted by The Rational Voice on March 25, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I am a student at Alta High. I attended the Spirit Rally where the “Racist Incident Occurred.” Since then I have been listening to everyone’s opinions on the issue. I see white kids who have always been pretty well off passing judgment on how Larz should be reacting to the whole situation. For some reason we believe that racism is entirely a thing of the past and that if a person of any race complains about racism they are just making a big deal over nothing and trying to draw attention to themselves. Remember that only 50 years ago we lived in a racially segregated society. Since then so much progress has been made, but incidents like this demonstrate just how much farther we have to go. I am not trying to say that Alta is racist, or even that Mackay is a racist, but it was a racist act to wear something depicting a KKK hood to a spirit rally. I have no idea about Larz’s life, I have no right to judge him on how he should be reacting to this. I also believe that he has every right to be offended. If we as Alta High students want to put this behind us and prove our open-mindedness, we need to acknowledge that something bad has happened, and not try to defend it. I’m sure that Mackay realizes that he did something wrong, and I’m sure that Larz isn’t just some kid crying out for attention. We need to put aside our opinions on the issue and try to find common ground. This event can be one that we learn from, or it can be one that tears us further apart and ignites hatred in everyone. It is our choice.

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  302. Posted by Amanda on March 25, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I read this blog and was upset but then I opened the comments… Wow… Let me just say this it isn’t latzcosby that had ruined Altas reputation it is every single person who thinks it’s ok, it’s every person who stood by and did nothing, but mostly it’s the ignorant morons who have posted negative things on here. I realize your teenagers but pull your heads out of your asses. Joke or not this is NOT ok.

    It’s kids like this that really make me believe your generation is a bunch of uneducated, ignorant, entitled miscreants.

    One piece of advice for those who think this is a funny joke: go somewhere outside of Utah and be around people who aren’t just like you… Oh and grow up because in a few years that n*~€#r is going to be your boss and I truly hope he shows you the same level of respect you’ve afforded him!

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    • Posted by tacostand on March 26, 2011 at 4:37 am

      just becaust there are a bunch of ignorant people commenting on this blog, does not meant that they go to alta. and it does not mean that is the opinion of everyone at alta. you have no idea what actually happened at the assembly so stop acting like you were actually there. HE WAS WEARING A PILLOW CASE AND HE NEVER DANCED AROUND LARZ AND TAUNTED HIM. has anyone even stopped to ask mackay if that is what the pillow case was symbolizing? come on people. maybe he was just having a lot of school pride but completley dressing himself in white! no one is absolutley certain of anything that happened so stop acting like you are.

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    • Posted by Anonymous on March 28, 2011 at 1:39 am

      Larz works at mcdonalds… He is not g