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  1. Posted by Steve Gaillard on March 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    To say we are family is not quite right but I know your father and i respect him greatly. Michelle is my cousin and someone that I consider to be a friend as well as relation. I can not say I know how you feel because i am not you nor have I been in a minority situation as you are. I though am completly appaled by the actions of some of your classmates… This kind of mistreatment should not be tolerated in ANY venue let alone a public high school. There should be action taken against these students… I offer my support to you in any way I can give it.

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    • Posted by MB on March 22, 2011 at 1:41 am

      come on lars you know this wasn’t directed at you in any way the ran out in the middle of the assembly facing the opposite direction of you i agree it was a stupid idea and racial stuff isn’t to be messed with but you don’t have to bring it to the news and make up all this bullshit about how he threw it in you face and how people always call you racical slurs i garentee nobody has even called you the “N” word your making this a big deal because you don’t get along with this kid and your getting back at him well i really hope the truth comes out on this cause if i were you lars i couldn’t live with myself after fucking somebodys life up like your doing he’s already gotten in a alot of trouble for this he’s suspended and i know he has called you and said sorry many times as well as posted an apology on facebook but i guess it’s not enough for you nobody likes you at alta and it has nothing to do with your race it’s because your a wanna be hard ass that can’t stop bragging about people you’ve supposeably beat up and i have also personally heard you say racist jokes against your own race as well as many others so go to hell larz you hypocritical bitch!

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      • Posted by genevieve on March 22, 2011 at 3:11 am

        First off, you are pretty pathetic ‘larz’. You lied too your teacher to get out of class to go tell daddy that some kids at your school were wearing unethical hoods.

        Now we also find out you are a troublemaker at school.

        I have friends that are black, but they don’t act like “n’s”. There is a difference between a black person and the “n”. “n” go around acting like the are owed something from society because of history. “n” go around dealing drugs and calling each other “n’s”. “n’s” hit on anything with a vagina and are very tasteless in the way they do it.

        Everyone is racist to a certain point. Black people are racist against white people just as much as white people are against blacks.

        Let’s see….. I work fine with people that are black but I would never let my child breed with a black guy. Why, because I want my heritage pure. Similiar to italians, why would I want a mixing pot in my blood lines.

        This country was founded on freedom of opinion and choices. You whiny people are what’s wrong with this country. From females for equal rights to blacks. Look at the females of this country. I hope your proud of burning your bra’s so that your future generation’s of females can become more sluttier than ever before.

        Be happy with how far we have come in this country and the opportunities you have been afford despite your intelligence leves.

        Your father is going to write a book about his life. Please tell your father that we have already read many books about how black people have been treated and we really don’t need anymore. I think having a black president show’s you that we have come a long way and there are still many that will never like you because of your need for entitlement.

        Do you see white people writing books about how ridiculous black people act? I hope there is a book out there like that. What is up with black people having to be so loud and inconsiderate of everyone around them? What is up with it’s okay for you to use the ‘n’ word but a white person uses it and then you get on ignorance wagon.

        You have white people trying to act as ignorant as you do as well. Come on, pant’s hanging down below your underwear. That’s real pride,right!

        Maybe if you did not act worse than “white trailer trash” we might have come alot further.

        Otherwise, your a whiny immature daddy’s boy. You should be expelled for lying to your teacher. Were you in grave danger? No. Could you have waited until you got home? Yes.

        You are an attention seeker, like most black people. Move back to where you came from.

      • Posted by CM on March 22, 2011 at 3:42 am

        I don’t really know any of you, nor do I attend Alta HS. What I do know is this- racism is never a joke, never funny, and never something that is “no big deal.” I grew up in the south, and now work and go to school in Utah Valley. I was amazed upon moving here to find that the great strides toward equality that the communities in the southern states have taken have all but been ignored here. Anyone taking a stand against racism (regardless of personal failings) should be commended, not slandered by the anonymous internet masses. Racism is not dead. It is a big deal. Thousands of people are murdered every year in the US because of hate. Thousands more are beaten, raped, stolen from, and crippled for the same terrible reasons. The KKK lynched (killed, mutilated, and hung by the neck from a tree for those of you who seem not to understand what that means) thousands upon thousands of people solely because of their political affiliation and skin color. Joking about something that terrible is only one step away from actually doing it. It’s atrocious, and disgusting to me that people defend someone who is willing to make light of such a terrible chapter in the history of our country.

      • Posted by Michael Hanson on March 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm

        First of all, to all of you that think Lars is some “hypocritical bitch” or “trouble maker”, you are proving his point and showing that you are, frankly, retarded. You are in high school kids, stop acting like children and realize where he is coming from. I went to Alta, yeah a lot goes on there that many people don’t know about; if anything would have happened that was racist like that, no one would have put up with crap like that. Yeah, everyone tells racist jokes and everyone laughs. But this whole incident was too far. There is a line for everything and this crossed it. Stop letting your retarded self take over and try to defend the idiots that pulled this prank, because it does you no good nor them. They were stupid and they will realize it. High School is all about being the “popular funny kid” when in all reality, those kids grow up to be the biggest losers of them all. It takes guts to stand up for what is right and Lars should be commended for it. He lives so close that I can see him every day and I get to talk to him. He is one of the nicest guys I have met, especially for being a junior in high school. So go ahead and try to bring him down or attack him with your words, but just realize that you are pointing out your own ignorance and stupidity. Believe it or not kids (or those of you that are acting like kids), life actually is more than high school popularity. NO ONE CARES ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL 2 YEARS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. And you parents/people old enough to know better, shame on you for verbally attacking and poking fun at this event and at Lars. You are the reason that I cringe at stupid people. Ignorance is bliss in most cases, except for when you look like an idiot making fun of a young man standing up for what is right. I got your back Lars!

      • Posted by Jordan on March 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm

        genevieve,

        I doubt you have any black friends with outlooks that you posses. At least “real” friends.

        Maybe you should reflect or research a little bit on the history of blacks in this country, completely abused and destroyed as objects, and these conditions lasted hundreds of years.

        We do owe them something, and every time I see a picture of lynch mobs cheering, KILLING people, without any recourse to their actions I understand that fact.

        Your limited intelligence is demonstrated throughout your post, and I’m sure your parents now, or your upbringing previously is what brings your flawed ideas to our society.

        Thank goodness people with your limited ability will ever achieve much, although I’m sure your “daddy” will take care of you. All of you self indulgent rich kids need to be adjusted to the world.

        Your statement:
        “This country was founded on freedom of opinion and choices. You whiny people are what’s wrong with this country. From females for equal rights to blacks. Look at the females of this country. I hope your proud of burning your bra’s so that your future generation’s of females can become more sluttier than ever before. ”

        When was freedom of opinion ever stifling to a race? Glorifying a murderous group of people reflects a misguided state of mind, not “freedom of opinion”. Sure people have the right to make their own choices, but to also live with those consequences, and perhaps the boy that decided it would be a great gag to joke about the horrible things that still take place in this country has learned a lesson.

        In any case, maybe one day you’ll truly understand what it means to be a human, not white, brown, or black, just a person that lives on this planet and works towards making it a better place for our children and their offspring.

      • Posted by Marilee Coles-Ritchie on March 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

        Whether or not the KKK clothing was aimed at Larz, I applaud him for bringing it to the attention of the news. We don’t talk about race enough. Racial slurs have no place at school where all should feel safe. He is brave.

      • Posted by "Carlos" on March 26, 2011 at 1:50 am

        Way to stick it to the man, bro!

      • Posted by Smile on March 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm

        Wow Genevieve,
        You seem like such classy person. I am happy that we don’t have too many tornados around here because I am sure you mobile home would surely get blown away.
        You are such a stupid redneck.
        When people read your post they laugh knowing that some day your daugther is going to bring a really nice black guy home and they are going to tell you they are in love and getting married, oh and they are having twins. So much for keeping your white power bloodline clean.

      • Posted by phil on March 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm

        Blogs Like this shows just how strong racism still is especially here in Utah you have this trailer trash talking like a true bigot trying to reverse this on this student like he is the one at fault. But nevertheless you are always going to have trailer trash around and y in the world do white people love to tell black people go back to where they came from go back and take history white people came to America on ships so you go back to where you came from.

      • Posted by Warren Smith-Young-Tanner-Kimball-Jeffs on March 29, 2011 at 8:03 pm

        I can easily tell from reading your ignorant rant that you are in remedial class. Special bus!

      • Posted by Hello on March 29, 2011 at 8:16 pm

        This act joke or no joke was horrible to read about. Secondly, I understand that Alta and 90% of that area are populated with white children, but how did that kid get out of the gym or back into the hallways without being beat up, jumped, or at least punched by someone of color. He should have been crushed.

        That part amazes me. I didn’t attend high school in Utah, but with no immediate suspension (for the participating students) shows how far off that area is in regards to racial relations. How does that happen? How is it that there was not an immediate response to this kids actions right when he entered the gym? This will be interesting to watch the aftermath and all of us will find out how that school district handles racism.

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

        To MB and genevieve:

        What the HELL is wrong with you two? It is people like you that give places like Utah a bad name to the rest of the country. You want your heritage “pure”? Narrow-minded crap like that will find you incredibly isolated and sadly ignorant.

        And MB: “it was a stupid idea and racial stuff isn’t to be messed with but you don’t have to bring it to the news” ?? Apparently it does need to be brought to the news; especially if school personnel are blatantly ignoring the problem.

        Larz: you keep going with your bad self, you and your dad. I’m a white middle class 29 year old woman with a little half brother who is half black…it’s people like you who will make life a little easier for the next generation. I am so sorry that there are people who can’t see outside their privileged, white little boxes.

      • Posted by Misty Larson on March 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm

        I am reading these coments made my the ignorance of youth Genevieve & MB… that have no idea what they are talking about. You say go back where you came from…let me ask you this, were are your ancestors from? Not here garenteed!! Lets see how “pure” your blood is… Maybe you need to go back to ur homeland…If you did something like this at work as a joke do you not think you would get fired…there are reasons this kinda behavior is unacceptable, would this be ok if you saw this kinda incident at a UTAH JAZZ or U of U game?

        As Jordan put it everytime I see pictures of the way the slaves were treated & lynched make my stomach turn & I am white. It is a reminder of how far we have come in our country.

        I’ll give you both that you wanted to act intellegent & all growed up but U FAILD!!! If anyone has demonstrate “ignorence” u both suceeded w/honors!!!

        As for you Larz way to hold your head up high & stand for what you believe in. Your father obviously has been the only parent to show he child the right path.

        I am a white mother of 3 & if they even tried to concider something like this I would be horrified & embarrassed of their behavior no making excuses for them. It is not a joke or even funny.

    • 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 and 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. 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.. Is all the more reason for the principal to be put on leave. I find this whole thing appalling and the more the parents will try and prove their son right, the worst it seems. In a perfect world..yes.. two men, two boys, two religions 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 wearing a WHITE HOOD and say.. oh you offended me. Chances are, her son wouldn’t say he was sorry.( is that kids 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.) Now I know where the kid gets his brains…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 head. And do you know why? it is because it’s wrong and offensive. It’s like robbing a bank and saying, I didn’t realize it was a federal offense. “I just did it for fun” “But I am sorry now that I am caught.I shouldn’t be punished because I made a mistake”. 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. And wearing a white hood 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. (just typing it creeps me out)
      If Mackays parents find his white pillow case so harmless 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 at WEST HIGH SCHOOL and let him proudly CHANT up his school pride wearing a white pillow case. Will that be blown out of portion?
      The fact is…WRONG IS WRONG. It was wrong, incorrect, appalling, disgusting. Not innocent, not a mistake, not bad judgement. Whether Mackay meant it as a racial thing or Not..There is only ONE way to take a White hood.. especially if he is chanting white power… BY THE WAY BLOGGERS… LARZ & his family is 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. Larz is not making ALTA look bad… Mckay and his family are.. THE BLOGGERS with some of their stupid, riduculous 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? But maybe that’s what McKays family wants… Maybe they hope they can get on good morning america and bring their son wearing a white pillow case over his head to prove how innocent and how blown out of portion this is… OR better yet.. MAYBE the WHITE HOODED Mckay and his family can be a guest on OPERA, and since they are very good people according to the prinicpal, they can show OPRAH and the rest of the world how ridiculous and innocent this whole thing is…They have embarrassed your school, embarrassed Utah and put us once again in the national limelight of being 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 probably going to get worse. GOOD LUCK!

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  2. Posted by Nathan Gaillard on March 18, 2011 at 10:17 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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    • Posted by ashley on March 19, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      This is the biggest bull shit i have ever heard of! You are such a Dumb ass your just jealous cause no one likes you at alta because you do stupid stuff like this! Just stay out of it! What are you in fifth grade that you needed to go call your daddy! Grow up and learn how to deal with things yourself your in fucking high school! Your so stupid it was a joke and every black kid thought it was hilarious! Oh and get a life it looks like all you have time to do is right about the kid that did that! what are you like gay or something that your so obsessed with him that you need to right a whole story about him! that is very creep! Get over yourself you fucking fag!

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      • Posted by Kristina Clark on March 20, 2011 at 6:05 am

        well Ashley r u obsessed with larz? cuz clearly u went out of your way to visit his FB page go to this website, read a few comments and come up with this “creative” comment, sad thing is u were trying to hard and made yourself look like a complete Jackass.”Oh and get a life” 🙂

      • Posted by Steve on March 22, 2011 at 12:19 am

        Yeah wow Ashley why don’t you tell us how you really feel. Ignorant.

      • Posted by Rachelle on March 22, 2011 at 12:21 am

        Grow up, clearly you are one of the immature people that have no life experience. Are you really that sheltered? Perhaps if you have the motivation and/or ability to continue your education you will learn that targeting someone because of their race or beliefs is unethical. One day you will have children and look back at how you reacted to this situation and see how truely wrong it is to call someone a fag or support someone that wears something representing hate of a certain race. I hope you learn this before you have kids that way you can teach them this behavior is not ok. Being 27 all I can do is tell myself you are just an immature kid trying to fit in with what you consider the “in crowd”. If you were around adults talking about this and showing support you would be broke right down. You are disgusting

      • Posted by John Wright on March 22, 2011 at 12:25 am

        Ashley, please do yourself and everyone else a favor and keep your mouth shut. If you’re too stupid to figure that out, at the very least take your own advice and get over yourself.

      • Posted by Billy T. Kidd on March 22, 2011 at 12:31 am

        It’s hard to give an ounce of credibility to a person that doesn’t have a clue what the difference between “write” (right) and wrong might be. Ashley, perhaps your taking a bit more time to deal with things in High School will help you appear a bit more educated. Reading, WRITING and SPELLING will help you to look less like a jack-ass. Hold off on the math for now. Lashing out in this manner likely tells readers your true story. How’s fifth grade?

      • Posted by LC on March 22, 2011 at 12:39 am

        Ashley I can tell how you were raised by your post, I hope your parents are proud of the racist baby girl they raised. You ask Larz if he is in fifth grade while using profanity, is that to make you feel grown up. All the African American kids were laughing let me guess you went and ask each and everyone if they were laughing because they thought it was funny, or they did not know what else to do because they didn’t want you and your friends to think they were a bunch of fags. If your views are the views of most the kids at Alta High School the school district needs to do some serious investigation. Oh and before you say you are not racist in your post you slammed someone by accusing them of being gay/fag, and you think that someone mocking what African Americans, Jews and Gays have been through is a joke I feel sorry for you and your close minded friends.
        Larz I hope you understand that people are taught to be racist it just shows that there is still ignorance in the world, and that some adults still are to stupid to understand not to teach their children hate. I think you speaking out about is a great start…Don’t let people like Ashley stop you from teaching tolerance..

      • Posted by Wyatt Powers on March 22, 2011 at 2:42 am

        I love you Ashley

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

        Something tells me that Ashley just described herself and her state of self confidence in her post. I also think she lacks any form of education based on her vulgar, racist, homophobic, and self-righteous post. She is a product of the “Utah Bubble,” she thinks she is living in the real world.

      • Posted by Yi on March 22, 2011 at 3:48 am

        Ashley, you don’t sound like an educated person at all. P**s off!

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

        Ashley, really? Now calling him a fag too? I find it fascinating that all of the slams against Larz sound grammatically as if a grade schooler posted them. Alta High School needs to seriously step up on their English and graduation requirements. So classy to drop the f bomb too. How about the idiot Mckay who thought it was so funny to dress up in kkk and did the Nazi salute actually acknowledge his actions and be a man and the rest of you stop making excuses for him.

      • Posted by Me on March 22, 2011 at 4:24 am

        Ashley,

        I would have to say you are the dumbest person I have ever met. You cannot even spell write right!

      • Posted by Amy on March 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm

        Girl, you just made yourself look like such an IDIOT!!!!! You sound about as smart as the kid that wore the hood. Larz, you keep up the positive outlook on things. Dont let these little bitches like Ashley wear you down. You are ten times the person that any of these little fuckers will ever be! Stand up for yourself and what you belive in. love and light

      • Posted by M on March 23, 2011 at 4:00 am

        Ashley, please learn to spell your, you’re and write (right) well and stop using profanity.
        Mckay, I wish you had made a better judgement before putting on that hat. I thought when you moved on from middle school you would grow up to be a smart, nice young man, but I guess I was wrong. I tried to talk some sense into you.
        Larz, I met you once when you came to our house with my daughter. You are a very intelligent young man. I have seen a bit of the video of it. I support you in standing up and speaking out. Stay strong.

      • Posted by Corey on March 23, 2011 at 5:34 am

        Like most have already posted above go Larz, I graduated from Alta and it was the same way when I was in school there. The joke is not that the kid was wearing something so offensive and ethically wrong but that students like you Ashley would support him. It truly shows the ignorance and stupidity that still exists today. I think it is absolutely ridiculous that this student can get away with this. I was raised in Phoenix, Arizona and was raised in a school as a minority being white and let me tell you, if this happened there you would have been expelled after being jumped by many people if not stabbed. Im glad something this issue is being raised here in Utah because not only is there a racism for anyone of a minority group but also anyone who is an outsider and that is wrong. Everyone is a human being the same in nature regardless of faith, skin tone, or sexual orientation and should be treated equal!!!!!
        Oh and by the way, there is a reason the KKK has been labeled a terrorist organization and the members are pursued by law enforcement maybe since this kid is supporting them they should pursue him for being affiliated with such a group.

      • Posted by TJ on March 25, 2011 at 9:12 pm

        My brother is black.
        He goes to Alta.
        He did not think this was “hilarious”.
        Just to clarify.

      • Posted by Sally on March 29, 2011 at 8:18 am

        Ashley, what a mouth you have! If you really want to make a point about how you feel, then do so with intelligence. Spelling and grammar really are important, and using profanity, especially the “f” word, only shows that you don’t have anything important to say, or if you do, you don’t know how to say it.

        I don’t know any of the people involved in this incident, but I must applaud someone who stands up for what he truly believes in, especially in defense of people who are “different” from what their classmates and peers are. There is absolutely no place for racism in our society, but it is there anyway.

      • Posted by fairygrl on March 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm

        My daughter went to Alta and this sort of stuff was still quite prevalent at that time. It’s sad to see that no one has really learned from situations like Egypt, Khadafi, and the like, not to mention Hitler spawn of hatred and genocide.
        I am also disheartened by the fact that “Ashley”, while trying to bluster at full speed, still cannot spell, be grammatically correct or speak eloquently without using expletives. Shame on you, shame on your parents.

      • Posted by Lucy Drake on March 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

        Larz,
        I don’t know you, but I have to say simply that you did the right thing. I am embarrassed for the ignorant people who do not understand the seriousness of their racist actions. Fortunately, I think most people in Utah are appalled by their actions. America needs to move forward with enlightenment, not step backwards into our darkest moments. You did the right thing, and I applaud you. Never give up.
        Sincerely,
        A grandma from St. George who remembers the Civil Rights Movement

      • Posted by Erica on March 30, 2011 at 6:46 pm

        Oh honey please go back to remedial English, you’re embarassing yourself.

      • Posted by KD on April 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm

        Ashley, Ashley, Ashley,

        I hope you have learned a valuable lesson – to watch your actions and words. We hear about it almost daily – from the people who post inappropriate comments on Facebook to incidents video/audiotaped from cell phones.

        It would do you, and others at Alta High, some good to read about “Sundown Towns”, the Watts Riots and “Survivors: Children of the Holocaust” It may open your eyes just a little.

        There is a saying that most of us old folks can relate to: “Those who don’t learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.” Please learn from the past so no form of discrimination continues at Alta High or anywhere else.

    • Posted by Robert Gravitt on March 22, 2011 at 7:06 am

      Get a life! One day high school is over and then you are in the real world. Such immaturity. Grow up.

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    • Posted by anna on March 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Michael Hanson,
      Perhaps you haven’t heard…The “R” word is very offensive to many. Please think before you say it.

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      • Posted by anna on March 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm

        to Warren Smith-Young-Tanner-Kimball-Jeffs

        Please don’t make fun of the children who ride the short bus. They are people too and I think you are discriminating.
        Someday you may find yourself attached to that very bus.

  3. Posted by Erik Manley on March 18, 2011 at 11:15 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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    • Posted by Wyatt Powers on March 22, 2011 at 2:43 am

      Was that you two in the showers moaning the other day?

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      • Posted by Chris on March 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm

        I was happy that you stuck up for Ashley, Wyatt. Now you just go and make your self look like an idiot. Did Erik say anything to you? I do not think so. What is wrong with you kids? Have your parents taught you anything about respect?

        Reply to Ashley’s post. Yes what Ashley said in her post was stupid but that does not give us the right, to be rude to her.

  4. Posted by Mj on March 19, 2011 at 12:24 am

    I am deeply appalled by the behavior of these students. Although by definition of my skin, Caucasian, I am a member of the majority, I always haven’t been. I’ve been in circles of those of other descents in which sometimes, I was a minority. Words of hate were tossed around, but I was always an exception because I wasn’t “one of them. You’re different.” I offer what empathy I can and sympathy. The actions of these students are intolerable and frankly inhumane. I applaud you on your actions, courage, and efficiency in which you handled this situation. Keep it up.

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  5. Posted by Connie Griffis on March 19, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Kudos to you Larz for shining a light on this intolerance. I think a mere summons to the principal’s office is certainly underwhelming for those who participated in such an act. Was this event videotaped? Perhaps, if so, the ACLU may be interested in how our educators are dealing with such intolerances in our halls of learning. We certainly want to ensure they are teaching the correct values. Sounds like there is more to this story that needs to be uncovered if it has festered to social networking and maybe even bullying. I will do my part to help spread your story throughout facebook.

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  6. Posted by BigPete on March 19, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Larz buddy you are a stud. I appreciate that you feel that what he did was wrong because it was. Now on the other hand the racism at the school is not as bad as you are making it sound. I agree that it can be cut back but I firmly believe that he was not supporting the KKK. This kid did something stupid but this is not the whole school. This is a great school that I feel comfortable sending my sister to when she goes to high school. She is also African American.
    Larz you are a stud but please don’t bash your school because of a few kids.

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    • Posted by Alicia on March 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      I have never been on the side of a minority, but I’ve dated minorities, and I’ve felt a little bit of how the world is different from their view. I’ve had people glare, and stare when I was with any of them, I’ve heard stories of people treating them differently. It really opened my eyes to hear this, and to date them, because, I was blind before, and thought that racism was over. Just because I don’t look at people differently, doesn’t mean other people think the same way. It made me sad to think that these guys were treated the way they were, and to hear stories where people were outright rude. I completely agree with you to go public with this story, and I hope it picks up nationally, so kids don’t think this is ok behavior. I think these kids need to be disciplined, and know this is definitely not something they can do.

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  7. Posted by Quinton on March 20, 2011 at 5:33 am

    NICE JOB LARZ. IT WAS WRONG WHAT HE DID!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SOO GLAD THAT YOU ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO STAND UP TO A GOOD NUMBER OF ALTA’S POPULATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP IT GOING YOU HAVE A SPECTACULAR CAUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Posted by bullied on March 20, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Larz you are not a saint either. I have watched you bully kids in school, by hitting them, tackling them, and also putting them in choke holds. But you don’t just physically hurt them you also mentally bully them also by calling them names and stuff also.

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    • Posted by Marilee Coles-Ritchie on March 22, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      That doesn’t mean that he can’t bring attention to this clearly racist act.

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      • Posted by A Student on March 23, 2011 at 7:10 pm

        The act wasn’t ment to be racist…… It was aimed at the seniors because they were wearing all black and the juniors were supposed to where white.

        I personally think Mac was stupid for doing this but, it doesnt mean that Larz needs to make up a bunch of lies about what happened so he can make up a story for the news. Alot of the stuff that he said happened…never did. Mac already apologized and was punished for what he did. This doesn’t mean he needs to be made an example of infront of the nation. He was made an example of in front of Alta already so let’s just keep it there. This act was not meant to be racist in anyway. It was just interpreted that way.

        I just think it’s stupid that Mac is getting wailed on for something that he didn’t even mean to do. I don’t like how Larz is lying about alot of the incident either. It makes the story much worse then it actually is.

  9. Posted by Bready on March 21, 2011 at 1:19 am

    I 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 Sarah on March 22, 2011 at 3:17 am

      This is a great post. Thanks for shedding a little more light on what happened. While, this post may have been taken too far, there is a point when jokes are taken too far and people (not just high-schoolers) need to realize it. I really appreciate being able to see the other side of things 🙂

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      • Posted by shocked on March 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm

        Really?! The second he put a hood on it became racial. It’s not something to joke about and these kids need to learn that.

      • Posted by P12 on March 23, 2011 at 3:37 am

        Thank you SO much for telling the whole truth. I saw the same thing happen, and I’m sick of the situation being made to sound like some awful planned racist attack took place. It was an immature, not well thought out thing to do.

      • Posted by Nik on March 29, 2011 at 3:32 pm

        I always thought that the KKK was history, but when I went to Atlanta to visit some friends I learned differently. We were driving at night and we passed a small church building, as I looked in the window I saw people in white robes and pointed hats. They were the KKK. I was shocked and made a comment to my friends that I thought the KKK was abolished and was history. Their response was..”The KKK in the south is like polygamy in Utah. It still goes on but nobody really does anything about it. It just gets ignored.” This may not be as big of a deal if it was history, but it still goes on now. It still hurts people and its illegal. Lars, I’m glad you did not ignore this. You have every right to stand up for yourself and all other black people. Where the KKK is still active, I’m sure it could cause fear among blacks and you need to put a stop to things now. Maybe the other black people at Alta just laughed because they were afraid to stand up for themselves for fear of being hurt. You did the right thing. Good luck.

    • Posted by Alicia on March 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      I think a joke can go too far, and dressing up as a KKK member is not funny. I’m white, and I would be offended by this. I don’t think it’s ok to dress up as a part of a group that was so hateful towards other people, the KKK is not something to joke about, they hurt a lot of people, and they are not a group to dress up as.

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      • Posted by Bready on March 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm

        He did not dress as KKK, infact the mask wasnt his. He simply put it on for a matter of seconds. he did not get in larz face either

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

      I can’t believe how ignorant you are. Can you really not see how messed up this “joke” is. It wasn’t just “poking fun” at seniors, it was “poking fun” at seniors that are dressed in all black. Therefore, making a statement that the “white” juniors are better than the “black” seniors. Can’t you see issues with this? I’m sure this kid’s decision to wear the hood was based on the fact that the seniors were dressed in “black”. If they were in pink and he did, no one would have thought it was funny. Think about it. What he did is racism and I can see how it can be offensive. I can’t believe faculty allowed this. There are other ways to be funny. I hope you and other students will learn a life lesson from this. High school is supposed to help prepare you for your future. If someone did this at a mall or in the work place, police would be called in. Just because we are in UT, doesn’t mean it’s ok. Some state’s actually have laws against wearing hoods in public. (http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/2010/11/01/20101101north-carolina-halloween-mask-arrest-law.html) Do a Google search on people getting arrested for wearing kkk hood. Maybe this will shed some light on the seriousness of the situation. If you let “kids be kids” those kids may end up in jail or dead.

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    • Posted by Meech on March 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      Let kids be kids? So you would like our kids to grow up seeing this is ok? stupid…

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    • Posted by R N on March 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm

      While I appreciate your “first hand” insight as to what happened, it is apparent to me that things did go too far on both sides of this issue. If students at Alta, or any high school for that matter, don’t understand the racial significance of a pointed white hat like that worn by the KKK, then the school and the parents are not doing their job in ending racism.

      However, what really stands out in your comment is your last statements: “Just a simple joke. This is High School. Let kids be kids. High school is exactly the time to grow up. High school is when kids should learn NOT to be kids. Adulthood doesn’t simply begin and childhood end as soon as a diploma is in the students hand. It is learned long before that.

      Whether its high school students or adults; even young children, racism should be taught to be avoided and stopped. Racism, whether intended or not, is not “just a simple joke”. High school kids should know by now what racism is, and that it should not be tolerated. There is no gray area when it comes to racism. Whether is is perpetrated by students or adults, it’s wrong. There is no room for “let kids be kids” here.

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    • Posted by S on March 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      First of all, this is a blog, a place where one can write their opinion. This is not a research paper where Larz has to dive into both sides of the issue, writing facts alone.

      I applaud Larz for bring this to the attention of the rest of the world. Regardless of whether the whole senior class was wearing black, and the juniors were wearing white, student who wore the hood did so in bad taste.

      I have to say that I am so disappointed in the education, or lack of education, that I see written in response to this blog. Kids, learn to read, spell and write correctly. After you leave highschool no one is going to correct you and explain to you how things really should have been spelled, or the difference between there, their and they’re or your and you’re – they just simply won’t hire you! I read earlier in a comment that no one cares about high school after it’s all over, and it’s true.

      I urge you all to look outside of the Utah bubble, learn about what goes on in the world around you. Learn how to form friendships with people for who they are inside. Read, read, read! Use what you learn to form your own opinions! Everyone has their own opinion, but a part of growing up is learning to respect other’s opinions, even though you may not agree with them.

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    • Posted by Heidi on March 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      I can understand that sometimes high school kids don’t think things all the way through when they decide to do something. So it’s possible that ‘Mac’ feels bad about what he did and realizes the nature of the joke offended people. And I hope that he can continue to grow up and have this teach him greater respect for people.

      Never should anything racial be taken as a joke. And whether or not ‘Mac’ has learned his lesson, I can see that many many more have not. Let Larz’s voice remind people everywhere and at every level of life that that this sort of ‘joke’ should never be tolerated. Hopefully this experience will teach young adults (and adults for that matter) for generations to think before doing something this harmful.

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

      Just because other Black students were laughing doesn’t mean it makes this situation okay. Did it occur to you that it probably made them very uncomfortable and laughed it off as a coping strategy? Being a minority surrounded by many White students in a divisive setting is not usually the safest place for minorities to express their discomfort and stand up for themselves. Larz, did stand up for himself, but it is clear that Alta is not a safe place for him despite the fact that he did what was right. This is precisely the reason why other minorities may have laughed at this racist act; it protects them from lynchings such as the one can be found on this blog. Somehow, people believe that doing what is right is a bad thing. Larz is not in the wrong here and he is not the offender here.

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    • Posted by Kaity on March 31, 2011 at 5:21 am

      Finally, someone from Alta who disagrees with Larz, and doesn’t make us all look like retards by swearing a lot and making unnecessary characteristic insults towards him. I was at the Spirit Bowl too, and I believe that tis has gotten way out of hand. Having a bunch of photographers and news people, along with all of the police officers and taking away our administration, is completely unnecessary and frankly, ridiculous. Let’s stop making a mountain out of a mole hill.

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    • Posted by Jenni Gamble on March 31, 2011 at 6:24 am

      The symbolism behind a hood WAS the racial slur!! Anyone who has been taught our history should be aware of that. This CHILD should know right from wrong by the time he is 16/17 and should present himself in that nature. Sure, I understand that “spirit” assemblies are a “big deal” when you are in high school. They should be a fun experience for everyone, so why not paint your body white or something of that nature. Don’t use a publicly recognized symbol of hate/terrorism to have a good time. I think it is unfortunate that he CHOSE to make the decisions he did. However, in doing so he now must be the example. That was his choice, and Lars has made his choice to stand up.

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  10. Posted by Taylor Risk on March 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Hey man I appreciate what you are doing. It’s about time someone said something about this kind of “humor”. Wearing a kkk hat at school ? How is that funny ?

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  11. Posted by its me on March 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    hey larz im proud of how you handled this bro… it does not matter what they say you were mature about it because i know if it was me i wouldnt care id be taking on the whole school if needed ha he wouldve caught a 2 piece in the mouth but that was good because i know you and how you are and you def played the bigger person soooo who cares what they think they can say what they want but dont let them tear you down thats how ppl are these days

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  12. Posted by Heather KickAss on March 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I was there durring the spirit bowl. Once I saw that moron prancing around I automatically thought about you and was askin myself what would Larz do if he saw this?

    I sure hope the guy got what he desereved, and hopefully expailed. I’m really sorry that you had to deal with that Bull Shit. I love ya ❤ (bro and sis way)

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  13. Posted by m on March 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    i am a teacher at alta high and i did not witness the event. however, assuming it is true as i see no reason why you would make this up, i am saddened that you, in the year 2011, would have to even consider this type of treatment in school or any other place. you would think that we would have evolved past this kind of ignorant hatred. i am so sorry that you have experienced this type of treatment here or anywhere else. i hope you know that many people support you.

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    • Posted by Erin on April 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      Oh dear, I truly hope you are not a teacher. Ah, the demise of punctuation and well-written prose in today’s world!

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  14. Posted by Howie on March 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    This is what happens when you have too many white religious (intolerant) people living in the same area. I truly think that most people think they aren’t racist but have made zero effort to seek any other culture besides their own. I know missions go to lands with brown and black people but when those people come here they struggle to find their way because this place is very intolerant.
    Larz, when you graduate move away to a place like Washington DC, New York or LA. You won’t have to deal with idiots anymore. You will a culture that doesn’t see color.

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    • Posted by mike on March 22, 2011 at 12:09 am

      ya cuz there is no racists in those cities right?

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    • Posted by T D on March 22, 2011 at 12:40 am

      Howie,
      Unfortunately no matter where you go there will always be discrimination. Whether you are black, white, Asian, Indian, or any other ethnic origin. Washington, New York, LA they will always have a group of their population that will agree with the ignorance that Larz experienced at his school. As a matter of fact these places having larger populations, he will more likely experience these kinds of problems. It is a shame that in todays society we have to see things like this and try to attempt to justify the actions of the people who participate in such activities. The fact of the matter is THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR HATE!!!! Larz, keep up the good work. Just remember, hatred goes both ways. Keep true to yourself and your morals and identity. Don’t lash out at those who lash out at you. It only makes you the same as their hatred shows who they are.

      Keep up the good work.

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    • Posted by real girl on March 22, 2011 at 1:21 am

      Unfortunately racism knows no boundaries, it exists everywhere and affects everyone. It’s simply not true to suggest that minorities are the only ones affected by it.

      As someone who’s lived in 2 of the three cities you suggest Howie, I can assure you that you cannot escape racism by running to LA or DC. And though I’ve never lived there, I can’t imaging NYC would be any different.

      Racism is fueled by ignorance, and for that reason confronting it is always a better option than running. Lars you’re doing the right thing, especially because a lot of people seem content to overlook that it happens in our community too.

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    • Posted by Jason on March 22, 2011 at 1:34 am

      So Howie, I suppose if you were in an area that was predominately black and religious, you wouldn’t expect there to be any racism against white people? You need to wake up and realize that racism is prevalent among any dominate group.

      Larz,
      I don’t know you, but I admire you for standing up against something that you knew to be wrong. More people need to stand up and provide a voice such as yours, myself included. I grew up in the South, with parents from the South, raised in a bigoted environment. I knew it was not the right way to treat people and have learned that when I see someone different than myself, I try to see the individual, not the difference. The fact that I am white and you are a person of color has no bearing on the spirit or soul of a man. The character of a person has nothing to do with color.

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    • Posted by H on March 22, 2011 at 1:57 am

      It is funny you should say that about white religious people here. It sounds like you have your own sort of intolerance going on so don’t count yourself out. Whenever you make such an intolerant and general comment about any group of people (which, unfortunately, we all probably have) it shows you are not necessarily better than the rest. It is the better man to bring people up, not tear them down.

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      • Posted by Jenny on March 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm

        Being a white person I have found Utah to be racist against whites also especially if they don’t talk like Utahns or are from Utahs chosen pioneer pool

    • Posted by CJ on March 22, 2011 at 2:00 am

      No, this is what happens when people are ill-informed about culture and history. When you don’t learn from history you are bound to repeat it. I didn’t grow up here, but I assume history is being taught in it’s correct context and the students refuse to learn. If history isn’t being taught, then shame on our educucational system, otherwise, the students who engage in any type of racist antagonism need to bow their heads in shame, for doing it and for being ignorant of history. Really, the only way to combat racism is through education. Unfortunately, there will always be those who are too ignorant to learn. They will reap what they sow.

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

      NAACP BITCH!!!

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    • Posted by genevieve on March 22, 2011 at 3:18 am

      Yeah, maybe we should contact KSL to let them know of your hate blog.

      I’m not going to say I’m sorry, because nothing happened to you. I will say you need to stop being so thin skinned.

      This world is not all peachy king, it’s filled with emotion and opinions that are unique and individual.

      I’m very disappointed in the fact that you stand up for your rights but don’t try to educate your fellow brother’s that part of the problem is them. You won’t be able to change their mentality and you won’t be able to change how some people feel towards blacks, hispanics and LDS people.

      I have alot of admiration for the LDS religion. For the most part they act as a whole community and try to help their fellow member’s as well as the whole world. What can you say your religion has done for you and your family, other than bring you closer to your god.

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    • Posted by Shelley Lassig on March 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      Howie, Intolerance is 100% the fault of how people are raised. No matter what religion, etc. It is ingrained at home. I happen to be Mormon and white. I Never have nor will ever tolerate “intolerance” I went on an LDS Mission to Brazil (Salvador) I love the people of that country and they too are very diverse in color, religion, etc…and unfortunately racism exist everywhere. It is true that many people, no matter what religion they are raised in, do not quite understand the true meaning of what life is all about… to love and relieve the pain of others…. There are definitely some extremely uneducated people in the world. Intolerance is definitely the result of lacking intelligence and lack of proper education. If people are LDS and have been intolerant, then the shame should be upon the heads of the parents and families. Christ only taught tolerance and love. The LDS religion teaches this. I am sorry that some people who just happened to be LDS, are intolerant…I feel sorry for them and they, like anyone else outside of the LDS Church, who expresses “intolerance” will stand before their God in the end and be judged according their own hearts. It is time to remember why we are here….. To Love and help relieve the burdens of our fellow man.

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  15. Posted by Tami on March 22, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Thank you so much for posting this. I am a mother in Vernal Utah and if I ever heard my children making any kind of racist remark I would be very upset. I am glad you are bringing this to the attention of students your age. I was raised in Utah and have lived here most of my life. I will tell you that my best friend was bi racial and several friends were of different races. I never once heard a racist comment from any of my friends white or otherwise. I believe the problem may be escalating now because children are not being taught the principle of respect. Please know that there are people in this state who are not racist who value people for who they are on the inside and not what they look like or where their ancestors came from. Don’t stop standing for this and know there are many on your side!

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  16. Posted by mike on March 22, 2011 at 12:08 am

    get over yourself you fucking crybaby. go tell the people in libya, japan, and other countries in dire straights that you felt a skit was racist and see how bad they feel for you. crybaby

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    • Posted by H on March 22, 2011 at 1:52 am

      Hey, how about we go for something a bit more constructive instead of mindlessly tearing someone down for standing up for themselves. Just a suggestion.

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    • Posted by JP on March 22, 2011 at 6:00 am

      “mike”
      Please grow up. Larz did an amazing thing that he will get criticized for. Way to go for standing up for yourself. Highschool’s tough, and people like “mike” need to learn about the real world. I commend you Larz.

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    • Posted by Alicia on March 22, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      Maybe you should learn a little respect…

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    • Posted by M.D. on March 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      Mike. you’re a coward, Get over yourself. People like you are what bring hate and sin to this world.

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    • Posted by KD on April 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      Mike,

      Let me write in small words, okay? You may want to read some books like: “Sundown Towns”, the Watts Riots and “Survivors: Children of the Holocaust” It may open your eyes just a little.

      There is a saying that most of us old folks can relate to: “Those who don’t learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.”

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  17. Posted by Rachelle on March 22, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Larz,

    It is sad that you are the only one who stood up against this action. Shame on those who sat around and allowed this to happen. It is disgusting to know this kind of behavior is tolerated. That is a hate crime, those involved should have been immeidately suspended from school and not allowed to participate in these kind of school activities in the future.
    Your parents have taught you well. Keep standing up for what you believe in. Those kids are immature and hopefully will grow up and understand this kind of behavior is not ok.
    Just know that you are supported. Stay strong.

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  18. Larz
    As a parent of past Alta students, I commend you on your maturity and commitment to take a stance in the name of decency. We are a family of people who have been on the receiving end of people who think they are being “funny” or are simply ignorant. please do not judge the rest of the students by the action of this one. There are a lot of good people at Alta including teachers who care about everyone, race or religion not withstanding. Sadly, this is what is called life and simply something to learn to deal with. Congrats to your parents as well for raising a terrific son.

    Ashley….
    After reading your vulgar response, I can only hope that someday you will realize that everything you said was completely overshadowed by the verbaige you used. Had you been on the receiving end of the actions, I am sure you would have a different opinion. You may not agree with Larz, but learn to disagree in a decent manner; people will be more willing to listen to you. I doubt many do the way you came across.

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  19. Posted by Rico on March 22, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Hey Larz, I don’t know you but I came across your story on KSL. I couldn’t agree more with you in this situation. What that student did was hateful and shouldn’t be tolerated, the KKK is something that people shouldn’t joke about, it is a huge scar in American culture and history. I applaud you for standing up and saying something, good job.

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  20. get over it,

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  21. Posted by SH on March 22, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Lighten up, nigger. USA was great before Civil Rights Act, affirmative action and other entitlements ruined America.

    I support KKK. It was in reaction to the rights granted to the Negro after the Civil War. Negro should be repatriated to Africa. They are worthless and do not belong in America.

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  22. Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 12:25 am

    First of all i dont know who you are. I agree that what this kid did was stupid. Theres gonna be racism where ever the hell you go from whites, blacks, hispanics, and all other races. If you say you havent made racist jokes yourself in your life i dont believe it. Go join the NAACP with the likes of Al Sharpton and the REV. Jesse Jackson who wouldnt have a job if racism didnt exist so they create it where ever they go. Yes what the boy did was stupid. From what others are saying on this blog your not this noble black boy that your making yourself out to be. Bullying your fellow classmates? The boy who wears a kkk hood to school ought to be suspended for the simple fact that people like you have to blow it out of proportion and call attention to yourself like youve suffered slavery personally. I lived in an all black neighborhood as a child and can tell you that they were the most racist people ive ever encountered shoving dirt in my mouth and calling my mother a white ape. Im so sick and tired of the one sided bs of racism against black people i want to scream.

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    • Posted by JP on March 22, 2011 at 6:05 am

      Maybe Larz hasn’t been the best student or person, but that doesn’t excuse a student from wearing a KKK hood.

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      • Posted by joe on March 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm

        No one is excusing what this boy did. Wearing a KKK mask to school was very stupid and he was suspended accordingly. What else did you want the school to do? String him up in the tree in front of the school? No Larz took it 10 steps further. Now the boys family is being dragged through the mud ruining their reputations in the community. Also the School itself is being labeled as a racist breeding ground. All of this for publicity and now it is being used as a platform to sell his fathers book. So go show your support at Amazon for only 24.95 + tax

    • Posted by TA on March 23, 2011 at 5:38 am

      joe i commend you for this statement. while reading through these comments i was beginning to think that no one would be agreeing with my views on this situation, especially from an outside perspective. i’ve had a class or two with larz and i can tell you right now that the kid seems to crave attention. even in class while the teacher was talking, he would constantly shout out without even being called upon. he’s also not the peace-seeking ghandi that he has so willingly claimed to be on television and in his blogs. i attended the spirit bowl where this event took place and i saw larz to be extremely aggressive, especially in the sock competition where he nearly strangled a kid in an attempt to remove the kid’s sock (the students were to obtain socks from the feet of the opposing team members). he should have contacted the administration or even the district council about this problem before submitting this outrageously overreactive blog to the media, who seems to rush at the mere mention of “racism” as it is seemingly a gold mine of news for them. this was no simple cry for help, this was a publicity stunt and a desperate call for attention. i agree that the boy (who i will not name) should be punished for this foolish act but what everyone has to realize is that he’s an adolescent and therefore does not see the full severity of this issue. to come at him like he’s an adult would be foolish. the boy has apologized to larz and everyone at our school both publicly and on facebook. he has also been suspended, is facing legal trouble and is suspected to go to court sometime soon (which i do not agree with). now we need to all just let things simmer down and quit giving larz the attention he has been so desperately hoping to obtain through all of this.

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  23. Posted by Connie on March 22, 2011 at 12:29 am

    As the mother of two mixed race children who will be attending this school in the future, I applaud your actions Larz!! I wish I could say it was an only in Utah occurance, but I have seen it happen when I lived in Los Angeles and St. Louis too. With this new multi-racial generation coming up in the world, I hope they can teach everyone to be more tolerant and non-judgemental. I only hope that someday soon we will realize Dr. King’s dream that “children will be judged by the content of their character, NOT by the color of their skin.”

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  24. I read about this on KSL. Wait to go, man! Keep on keeping on. Seeing the respect you have for yourself and others around you is inspiring. Thanks for your example.

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  25. Larz,
    Your on the right path keep it up!!!

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  26. Posted by Carmen on March 22, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Larz how incredibly sad you had to go through this 😦 Growing up in Utah as a black girl and going to school and always being a minority is very hard! Something that only those who have been the minority will ever really know what it feels like. Good job speaking up and having a voice!!

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  27. Posted by Iwasthere on March 22, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Larz, your a good guy man and i have known you for only a little bit now. I applaude your boldness to stand up against rascism and its encouraging to see young men still standing up for their beliefs and morals. conformity is running rampant into today’s society and we need educated strong leaders like yourself in the upcoming generation. But one thing I do want to point out man is that I have heard you in the past use the N word, even in joking. I dont know if you believe you have the “right” to use that word as an African American or not but i believe that if you want to change the world you have to start with you. As minor or major as that may be to you it is still a derogatory term for African Americans. I dont know how often you still use that word… but you know. I would hope you would not make excuses for that word use but face the reality of what it is. As intolerable as this rascism may be i have seen you take past minor situations and blow them out of porportion. So i encourage you to “chill out” just a bit. The whole world isn’t out to get you. 🙂 Good luck with your cause, I support you bro. God Bless

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  28. Posted by Natalie on March 22, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Larz – I don’t know you but wanted to say kudos to you for handling this situation. My question is this; how is it that my son can’t carry a back pack or wear a beanie in school without getting “caught” but this child was allowed to appear in an assembly with something this obscene? As soon as he arrived to “entertain” everyone in his clever costume he should have been removed from the assembly and sent home. There is nothing that makes this acceptable and I would love to know why it was a student who had to finally deal with the situation.

    Everyone – regardless of their race – should feel offended by the hatred and violence that is represented by what this kid brought in. There is no way any of us can look at the history and actions of the KKK and find humor. That some think it was a joke is disgusting.

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  29. Posted by Sarah on March 22, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Larz,
    I may not know you but I am very impressed by the way that you handled yourself. It is amazing that you handled yourself in the way that you did when someone was doing something so cruel right in your face. I can believe that this stuff is still happening because it happened when I was in high school and I hear it from my siblings middle schools. I don’t think that there will be a time when everyone gets along and everyone is at peace unless a miracle 😉 happens. But I can say that you were very brave and very courageous for doing what you did. And the people that say otherwise are usually immature and just need the attention that doing those things gives them. Thank you Larz for your courage. As my husband says, “They’ll get their come-upins!”

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  30. Posted by Janine Sheldon on March 22, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Dear Larz,

    I commend you for standing up for what is right. Alta High and all public schools in Utah should have zero tolerance policies for racism. The bonehead who perpetrated the KKK “joke” should face expulsion. Racist jokes are a form of harrassment and bullying. So sorry you had to experience this. Hope your school leaders get a clue.

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    • Posted by iceman on March 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      The kid the was making the joke about KKK not only needs to be kick out of schools also he needs to learn to respect others and their cultures. The stupid kid need to be taken to juvenile hall

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  31. Posted by Wyatt Powers on March 22, 2011 at 1:17 am

    I certainly support what the student did. You are a racially-mixed, confused, and hateful person against whites. You should be expelled for trying to say he is racist when you are the racist one.

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    • Posted by d on March 22, 2011 at 4:02 am

      Wyatt,
      ARE YOU FOR REAL? You are a poor excuse for a human being!!

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    • Posted by SWG on March 22, 2011 at 5:53 am

      Wyatt for real??? Maybe you should get to know the kid before you say that… Know the people he associates with and the family that is around him….

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      • Posted by logicoverfeelings on March 24, 2011 at 3:49 am

        Don’t you think Larz perhaps should have gotten to know the “hooded student”?

    • Posted by shocked on March 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      Racism is wrong no matter who it comes from. I’m sure you are trying to protect your hood wearing friend, but that makes you just as bad. Just because you don’t like Larz, do you really think that what your friend did was ok? If it was a nice, perfectly behaved, popular, “racially mixed” student that was offended and came forward with this would you still support your friend? If you don’t like someone, don’t discriminate against their entire race.

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  32. Posted by Wyatt Powers on March 22, 2011 at 1:19 am

    It was probably you who put him up to it to make people think there are KKK racists at Alta. There should be an investigation into your involvement.

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  33. Posted by Chris on March 22, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Larz,

    Get over it and get used to it. You are going to be exposed to this type of stuff where ever you go. Plus it is high school…nobody cares. It may have been an insensitive thing to do, but clearly you were the only that was offended by the incident. Most others would say “hey…look at that idiot” and just walk away. Next time, just walk away from the situation man. If someone wants to act a fool…let them.

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    • Posted by N on March 22, 2011 at 1:47 am

      I completely disagree with you. Being in high school does not mean you automatically shouldn’t care about things. He was not “clearly” the only one who was offended. He just had the guts to stand up for himself. It is because of people who are willing to stand up for themselves and for others that make it possible for wrong things to be made right.

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      • Posted by genevieve on March 22, 2011 at 3:37 am

        Please explain to me how this “wrong” action is going to be made right. You can’t stop how people feel or act. You can penalize them but you breed more hate.

        Life is not fair, to ALL races. That’s life, noone ever said it was going to be easy.

        I’m wondering if it was so appalling, why was lars the only one to voice his concerns?

        I see appalling and wrong things all the time. So should I go tell that black person that they are being loud and obnoxious and inconsiderate to the people in the general area that can hear them? No, I laugh too myself and thank god I have more morals and respect than to look like them.

        If I see a crime happening, sure I will contact the police department but I’m not going to go out of my way to stop it. My life is more important than getting killed because you feel everyone should say something.

        The world is not your babysitter. stop being such whiny people. It’s very disgusting to listen to your rants and raves about racism. It exists get over it and move forward in your life not backwards.

    • Posted by rob on March 22, 2011 at 1:53 am

      You’re right, it is high school but most people do care. What was done was appalling and all we know is that Larz is the only one to voice his concerns, not that he is the only one who cares. You are wrong by saying that he should just deal with it because it happens all the time. Cancer happens all the time, are we supposed to ignore it and treat it like it doesn’t exist? Answer that question when it has directly effected you or a loved one. When we see something wrong we have an obligation to stop it or point it out to those that can, as Larz has. If you want to just let it go and walk away, then you are week and ignorant, and need to reevaluate the type of person you are or are becoming.

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      • Posted by AHAR on March 23, 2011 at 4:29 am

        Thank you Rob. You are exactly correct. Genevieve you ask why he was the only one to voice his concerns? Because he is strong enough to. Because I take the abuse and am afraid to stand up against it. Because he has had enough. We can only take abuse for so long before we snap. He was strong enough to say how he really feels. When it happens to me, I make myself laugh about it so that I don’t get excluded. think of how long this will negatively haunt him. However, he has helped alot of us by speaking how ‘we’ really feel. Thanks Larz

    • Posted by Ash on March 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      If it is “just high school” and “nobody cares”? Try telling that to people like Anthony Hergesheimer or Cheyenne Williams. Maybe try telling that to the doctors who attended them or the police who arrested their attackers. Just because this incident happened between high school age kids doesn’t mean it’s any less hurtful. Would you say the same thing to Jewish teenagers who were pulled out of their high schools and taken to concentration camps during the Holocaust?

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  34. Posted by Barbara on March 22, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Larz,

    Thank you for bringing this to the attention of others. What one thoughtless person did was wrong…what the majority did by not taking a stand in the beginning with you when you removed the hood was inexcusable.

    I am not biracial. I am Caucasian. I find what he did and others’ responses to what he did, appalling. I am happy to hear, however, that the Superintendent decided to investigate this.

    I am equally appalled at the comments some are making on this post that spew hatred, racism, and gay bashing. Unfortunately, they probably did not come with these attitudes on their own and will have the support of their parents on this one.

    I hope that by bringing this to light, that some will be encouraged to think about all hateful remarks whether they be about race, gender, religion, age, physical or mental disabilities, etc. Thank you for starting this much needed conversation.

    It is a shame that some do not use their privilege (money, power and opportunity) to better the world, but to tear it down. Know that you may be a minority in your school, but you will have a majority of people who support you and this cause.

    To some that may have been a harmless joke. But, had their relatives, ancestors, and loved ones been murdered, brutalized, and tortured by people wearing that symbol, they would not consider it the least bit funny.

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    • Posted by genevieve on March 22, 2011 at 3:26 am

      This was a harmless joke. Stop being so thin skinned. I would never get involved in another black person’s arguement or issue, for one they never let you get a word in edge wise(loud & obnoxious, second they don’t believe in brawling without bringing a weapon to the fight. Typically they bring their friends and guns.

      We make jokes about the jews and they were murdered, brutalized and tortured by white people.

      I guess jew’s just understand that it’s a joke, where as blacks feel they are being picked on.

      Whaah, go see your local black drug dealer, say “Whaaaaatz up, my ‘n’ and hug him after getting your drug’s.

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      • Posted by Barbara on March 22, 2011 at 3:55 am

        If you are a representative student at Alta, I am stunned.

      • Posted by genevieve on March 22, 2011 at 5:40 am

        Your stunned???? Wow, because somehow a student could not be this well educated into the ways of people?

        I am stunned that you took time to even make such a remark. I guess you could not figure out anything more intelligent to respond back.

        Keep up the good work of voicing your ignorance Barbara or can we call you Barbie?

      • Posted by JP on March 22, 2011 at 6:16 am

        Barbara is ignorant? You’re either uneducated (learn how to spell), or just plain ignorant yourself. Look up the definition of ignorance, then come back and try to call her that again. I am utterly appalled by the representation you have displayed on behalf of your generation. Oh what a world we have to look forward to with the stupidity of ignorant uneducated, racist little girl and the like.

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

        Oh by the way Barbie, you can open your eyes and come out of that perfect little bubble you live in.

      • Posted by Elizabeth on March 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm

        Since when is it ok to make jokes about Jews? That’s just as bad as making jokes about blacks. Both are equally wrong, but you are saying both are ok, or thinking that people only protest about one. We should stop defending this form of humor that is all about putting other people down. Perhaps there are people who aren’t offended by this type of humor, or who think it’s ok to make fun of one group but not another . . . perhaps that is the way the world is, the “ways of people” as you said, but that doesn’t mean that’s the way it SHOULD be. We shouldn’t be content to let things which are wrong happen, just because that’s the “way it is.” We should strive to raise ourselves and others to a higher way of living(and I’m not talking economically). The only thing it takes for evil to win, is for good people to do nothing, to be content with the “way things are.”

      • Posted by AHAR on March 23, 2011 at 4:43 am

        Genevieve, you have got to be the epitome of an ignorant white little rich kid that hasn’t been outside of their house with the blinds closed and still feeds of their mom. Seriously, “they don’t believe in brawling without bringing a weapon to the fight. Typically they bring their friends and guns.” (No end parenthesis by the way.) How much more stereotypical can you be? Do you know how to speak for yourself or do you just believe everything that Hollywood tells you about different races, religions, and economic classes? You have no clue what is real and what is not real. So don’t be expressing an opinion until you have experienced being on the other side. Which you never will.

      • Posted by TA on March 23, 2011 at 5:57 am

        you people are only making matters worse with these ridiculous arguments. there are faults on both sides: the student shouldn’t have done what he did because it was ignorant and offensive but at the same time larz is just as much at fault. larz should have sought help from the public system and school administration. take it from a student who saw the whole situation unfold first hand, for larz to go to the media immediately as swiftly as he did goes to show that he simply wanted one thing, attention, as almost all high school students do. both students are equally at fault, the case is settled. if you want to make a difference, get off the dam computer and go help out somewhere where it really matters. i for one find much more serenity in working in my community than engaging in arguments on the internet that will in the end go nowhere. you cannot change a person’s perspective and opinion on things no matter how hard you try. in the end, they will always have the last say on what their beliefs are because we are all human and have the right to choose under any circumstance. history has taught us this time and time again.

      • Posted by Anthony Smith on March 31, 2011 at 8:26 am

        Wow, Genevieve thinks she knows this world? If Utah wasn’t so backwards one of your not so white classmates would have already knocked most of your teeth out for being such a racist. I’m white, and had this kid with the KKK hood been one of my peers in HS I would have knocked him the hell out for it, and that was 22 years ago. Sad, really, that the adults in your life haven’t already straightened you out.
        Stay strong, Larz….we got you.

      • Posted by KD on April 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm

        Genevieve, Genevieve, Genevieve:

        YOU LIVE IN SANDY UTAH!!!!!! You stated, “another black person’s arguement or issue, for one they never let you get a word in edge wise(loud & obnoxious, second they don’t believe in brawling without bringing a weapon to the fight.”

        How many African-Americans do you know? A handful? Come on, talk about blowing things out of proportion!!! We are talking Sandy, Utah (high socio-economic area, 95% Caucasian, etc) We are NOT talking Southeast LA!!!! How often are the African- Americans coming to fights in podunk Sandy Utah with weapons? Do some research please, before mouthing off!! In a city of more than 96,000 people, Sandy only had 95 Aggravated Assaults (where a weapon is used)in the entire year!!!!

        It may behoove you to read a few books, such as “Sundown Towns”, “Watts Riots” and “Survivor: Child Survivors of the Holocaust” and learn a little history. There is a saying, “those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.”

  35. Posted by K on March 22, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Just wanted you to know that I also support your cause. I wrote a paper on the KKK in high school and the things I read about still appall me today. It is too bad there are people out there who think joking about such subjects are acceptable. They obviously need to learn a bit more about what they take so lightly. Also, I have been told to “chill out” about things that I felt strongly about, and while it is always good to think rationally and not get too caught up in pure emotion, it is important to stand up for what you know to be right. Please know that there are many good people in Utah who support your cause. Let us all try to be better people by treating ALL others with the respect. That goes both ways.

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  36. Posted by Matt Dillon on March 22, 2011 at 1:39 am

    What appalls me is race-mixing.

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    • Posted by Antoine Dodson on March 22, 2011 at 2:27 am

      what appalls me is that your a utard

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      • Posted by genevieve on March 22, 2011 at 5:45 am

        The term Utard is given to almost all Utah people that act ignorant.

        You Antoine just joined that group of tards.

        A lot of blacks, italians, chinese, etc prefer not to mix their races. Some black children hate the fact that they are mixed because they lose some of their heritage with it.

        God bless the intelligent races including blacks, hispanics, japanese, chinese and let’s not forget the minority in this country…. white people.

      • Posted by KD on April 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm

        Genevive, your true colors are showing again! It is a myth that white people are the minority. Define “white people”? Last time I checked, this country was called, “the melting pot” and is a mixture of all races and ethnicities. Back to US History for you!!!

  37. Posted by Jeff Statton on March 22, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Hey Larz, do you listen to gansta rap? If you do then you are racist.

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  38. Posted by ignoranceisbliss on March 22, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Good for you Larz!
    It’s just a joke…yeah I’m sure Hitler was saying the same thing to his critics when he gassed millions of Jews. “It was just a joke that got out of hand..lighten up.” Sounds like the idiot needs to be put in the AP History class so he can learn a thing or two.
    Just goes to prove ignorance and disrespect is as rampant as ever.
    I hear The Diary of Anne Frank is at Pioneer theater. Maybe Alta High School should plan a field trip, or at least that kid and his parents.

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    • Posted by genevieve on March 22, 2011 at 6:25 am

      No actually hitler never thought it was a joke. Hitler along with the german’s equated the Jews with subversion and Communism.

      Hitler was a scape goat for germany once other nation’s got involved in stopping him.

      I’m not saying what Hitler or germany did was right, but it could have been americans, africans or any other race they felt threatened by. Unfortunately, germany had over 6 million jews at the time.

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      • Posted by MH on March 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Oh man genevieve, wikipedia is your best friend, isn’t it? Stop acting like a student and tell us who you REALLY are! My guess? You are probably a middle aged guy, over-weight and unemployed, sitting on your couch with your mom’s old laptop trolling to cause drama on all of the websites you can find. Come out of your closet, get over your high school experience of getting called “dough-boy” and contribute to society like the American you claim to be. Get a girlfriend for hell sake. Do something with your life. It’s people like you that make it so easy for so many others to laugh at stupidity. Get a life, idiot.

      • Posted by KD on April 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm

        HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Genevieve is the middle aged guy stuck in high school mode who never got the date with the pretty girl!!!

  39. Posted by Kami Johnson on March 22, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Well I heard Larz say racist things about White people at school, calling them “crackaz”.

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    • Posted by Elizabeth on March 22, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      Which does not mean he was wrong in saying that the KKK joke was inappropriate, only that he himself is also sometimes wrong in the things he does. He’s not perfect either, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to improve out community so that neither form of racism is seen as acceptable.

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      • Posted by logicoverfeelings on March 24, 2011 at 3:54 am

        So let’s hear you volunteer to lead the way for his expulsion from school as well… ?

    • Posted by TA on March 23, 2011 at 6:05 am

      i’ve heard these slurs come out of his mouth as well, and i’ve had two classes with him so far this year. alta high school is just as racist as any other school in utah, or in the united states for that matter. this could have happened anywhere, but unfortunately it had to occur at my high school of which i am very displeased. for those of you on the outside who don’t know the full story behind this situation, i would suggest that you stay out of matters that do not concern you. thank you.

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      • Posted by Tami Casper on March 30, 2011 at 2:48 am

        Public schools – hummm, lets see, working people who pay tax to pay for this school to stay open and pay the
        salaries of the administrator, you bet these matters are everyone concerns.

  40. Posted by Aunt Jamima on March 22, 2011 at 1:46 am

    I love how you moderate out posts from people who do not agree with you. Hypocrite. Good job LEEEEROOOOY! We all know your bullshit game.

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  41. Posted by eldo on March 22, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Larz-

    Props to you for standing up to the brothern. Its bad enough in Utah with the Sunday Klan around that you have to deal with these losers. When you get older, this type of thing hopefully will be laughable. Its a big world and these punks will be in for a hard life pulling that in that crap in the “real world”. Hopefully these boys names appear somewhere and in the future when they apply for a job or come up in conversation they will pay for their stupidity. Jackasses.

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    • Posted by genevieve on March 22, 2011 at 3:51 am

      How racist’s is your comment “eldo”!

      The Sunday klan you refer to are better than most white people. At least they help support their fellow member’s and the disgusting society surrounding them.

      You do know that if you don’t like the religious surrounding’s you can leave the state. No Sunday klan is holding you back.

      Maybe they will get a job at the same place you work, Taco Bell.

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      • Posted by Holly on March 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm

        Sweetie,
        I sure hope you aren’t LDS or any form of Christian and talking like this. I just feel sad for you now. You are clearly uneducated on a lot of subjects in life.

    • Posted by Robert Gravitt on March 22, 2011 at 6:47 am

      That is uncalled for. “Sunday Klan”. You are being ignorant. On one hand you say you despise racism, then in the very next breath you attack a religion. The word hypocrite comes to mind.

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    • Posted by TA on March 23, 2011 at 6:13 am

      you sir are just as ignorant, if not, even more so than the student who pulled off this stunt. the members of the “sunday klan” as you have so blatantly referred to them as, have constantly looked out for others in world affairs and provided aid to many groups, religions and cultures around the world. plus you forget the fact that these members are not all white and are not secluded to a “white only” standard that you have so foolishly portrayed them to be.

      bigotry exists in all cultures my friend, and you sir have just marked yourself to be a bigot!

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  42. Posted by B on March 22, 2011 at 1:48 am

    it is sad that it still like this. i went to alta and graduated in 2006. there were a lot of people like that, doing their racist jokes and stuff. When they graduate from there they will be a waste in society.

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  43. Posted by Will on March 22, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Hey man, you don’t know me, but I read about this on KSL.com, and I wanted to drop by and show my support to you.

    I’m a 29 year old Pacific Islander, born and raised in Utah. In my lifetime, I’ve had the opportunity to serve 8 years in the United States Army, including overseas deployment.

    I give you that bit of education in order to follow up with this one bit of information. The spoiled little brats who have mommy and daddy give them everything in this state will never truly know what these so-called “jokes” mean until they see the hatred of The South first hand. To them it’s nothing BUT a joke, because they’re raised privileged and away from anything that could really hurt their tender little feelings. They will never know what it’s like to be followed because of how they look. They will never know what it’s like to see someone leave a noose on their yard or in their tree and feel the anger of such a symbol brew up in their minds. You, as a person of mixed race, will always know more than them on such a subject.

    One thing I will advise you on though, is to take certain things with a grain of salt. I admit that I can pull the so-called “race card” out faster than someone can call me a racial slur, but make sure that your actions show that you are standing up for what is right. Many of the people of color I’ve served with in the past have gone so far as to assume that “we’re better than some dumbass white people.” Don’t become the hater.

    You got support on this down in Provo, where I’m at now. Keep it real, and screw what the rest of these CHILDREN say, because they’re straight clueless on real world issues like this.

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    • Posted by Mike Jones on March 22, 2011 at 2:12 am

      You polys are more racist than most. You support him because he is brown. Solidarity in skin color. Sounds racist.

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      • Posted by AHAR on March 23, 2011 at 4:20 am

        Really Mike Jones? Really? How ignorant can you be. How BLIND can you be? Did you even read what Will had to say? He’s supporting him because he has experienced it just like I have. I wish, oh i wish, that you could walk in our shoes which have trudged through societies mud and crap rather than being born to walk on a sidewalk where all you see is the pavement. No struggles, no fights for inclusion. I WISH, that you could see through our eyes that have seen societies ignorant hatred.. Oh how I wish. You have NO room to talk. You do not know how much stronger WE have to make ourselves emotionally to put up with the abuse of being talked to, treated, and looked at with hatred. You do not know, and unfortunately, you may never know.

        Our struggles and pains are just as real as yours. However, we face struggles and pains everyday for one reason… the color we see when we look in the mirror. We have it hard in the world. You do not SEE or FEEL what we do. I can’t believe how ignorant people are thinking that skin pigment defines whether we are better than someone else or not still today. Ugh!!! I JUST WISH YOU COULD EXPERIENCE IT! We have learned to grow a thick emotional skin. I wish.

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

      polys are racist

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    • Posted by BKD on March 22, 2011 at 2:51 am

      Larz-

      I support you bro, you were right to talk to the administration. Way to make a stand, always fight for what you know is right. keep it up man.

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      • Posted by TP on March 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm

        Dear BKD,
        can you honestly not see what bull crap larz is pulling. he told the news reporters that the administration did not do anything but last time i checked, the kid that did this is suspended. What else does larz want the administration do, give him the death penalty. He isn’t fighting for what he believes in, he is fighting for attention and we all know that.
        Sincerely
        TP

      • Posted by TA on March 24, 2011 at 4:23 am

        Agreed!

      • Posted by Alfred de Kok. on March 24, 2011 at 8:34 pm

        keep it up? Man, he can´t even get it up LOL.

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

      As a parent, I am appalled at this entire situation. Wearing a KKK hood to school isn’t funny, it proves you are uneducated and clearly naive about the REAL world. Utah is not the “REAL” world, not even close kids. Ashley, clean up your mouth. What an embarrassment you must be to your parents, friends and siblings to spew hate like that on a blog. Grow up kids and learn the word acceptance.

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      • Posted by Rawhide on March 23, 2011 at 4:49 am

        You’re a fat cunt aren’t you. Stupid bitch.
        White Power!

      • Posted by ATG on March 23, 2011 at 9:38 pm

        I’m guessing this is coming from a Mr. Brad Johnson, the infamous “rawhide” delinquent of Alta High School. I’m sorry to say this but it’s people like you who give us decent kids, which happen to be the majority of students at Alta, a bad image and I do hope that people will take time to know that this is not what all of us are like at our school, save for a select few disgraceful future drunks such as yourself my friend. Your past hateful actions toward anyone against your views have only set the bar for this problematic situation. I hope you can pull your head out of your ass soon and realize that life is going to be hell for you if you keep up the ridiculous garbage you have been pulling since elementary school buddy cause after high school you have nothing and you will be nothing.

      • Posted by JT on March 24, 2011 at 12:33 am

        Rawhide?? Nice name that must be a tough guy name! I like tough guys! Why don’t you go hide in your mom’s basement and prance around like a little scared bitch.

      • Posted by Carl on March 24, 2011 at 4:22 am

        Brad go back to the South where you belong and take your white power rawhide b s with you

      • Posted by peloquinito on March 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm

        So you’re saying that there is a legitimate place for white power in our society, that being the South? Moron.

      • Posted by mike on March 25, 2011 at 3:33 am

        hahaha for real. cant believe these bastards.

      • Posted by Meech on March 25, 2011 at 9:30 am

        your average internet trash talker. will never do anything in person only on the internet. your a pussy rawhide and im sorry you have to talk big on here to make yourself feel awesome.

        sorry your parents never loved you. you’ll never be anything in life and noone will ever love you except your girlfriend who’s also is your sister.

      • Posted by JT on March 25, 2011 at 8:31 pm

        Hey Bradley I hope you get your ass beat school. You are a little bitch coward and always will be. Go fuck yourself.

      • Posted by TA on March 23, 2011 at 6:39 am

        we in utah are accepting, however it seems when a select few or a single individual steps out of line, we immediately are incessantly showered with bigoted and ignorant statement such as these. we know what the real world is like, why do you think we send so much humanitarian work and assistance whenever a disaster strikes in the world? do not blame utah, blame the kid. otherwise you’re just as much of a mockery as he is. larz was right to be offended but he crossed the line when he went to the media with this over-exaggerated story of his instead of approaching the proper authority figure about his concerns. it was a cry for attention, not a cry for help. take it from a student who has personally talked to larz and had classes with him.

      • Posted by judgment on March 23, 2011 at 4:48 pm

        forgive my brothers forgive

      • Posted by Grob Hahn on March 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm

        Exactly, he was seeking his few minutes of fame. Look how “famous” the Jena-6 are and what did they do? It took 6 of them to beat a white kid beyond the recognition of his own mother. For that they deserve fame? It’s pretty obvious who the REAL racists are in this country.
        Grobbbbbbbbbbb

      • Posted by logicoverfeelings on March 24, 2011 at 4:20 am

        Acceptance only if it agrees with you, kiddies! There was a time kids could do stupid things and be allowed to grow. Now society is on pins and needles among different people, causing further separation. There was a time society would deal with these types of actions by shunning the person in the wrong, not taking away their right to expression. Liberty is no longer color-blind. The kid did nothing illegal or phsyically harmful to the other kid. So he got his feelings hurt. That’s life.
        “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” -Voltaire

      • Posted by Big Deal on March 25, 2011 at 12:49 am

        He DID NOT wear it around school he wore it for literally 5-10 seconds and sat down you did not see it happen so stop acting like you know what happened. It was stupid of him to do i agree! but they are taking it way to far.

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

        Janice?? What an embarrassment you are to your kids.. Utah isnt the real world? Then what is it? A dream world? Acceptance? Lets talk about that.. if a white man says anything to a black person its all serious.. yet a black guy can say anything to a white person.. such a double standard and you know it.. so janice how about you get back the “real world” while we live in our inception..

  44. Posted by happy420:) on March 22, 2011 at 2:15 am

    yo thats coo that u did that but you took too far g goin on ksl.its not coo that he did that specially at a school but no matter where u go dog your gonna have racism and hatred even im white and i get shit from people and i give shit bac but you kno wat nig fuc them there hurtin themselves more then others dog

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  45. Posted by Mom on March 22, 2011 at 2:18 am

    I am very proud of you for taking this stand! Racism is such a problem but it always goes “unnoticed” until something tragic happens. Everyone needs to open their eyes and also realize that jokes likes this one are definitely not funny. I wonder how many of those people that have told you to lighten up have diverse backgrounds? Also this needs to be addressed by the school and school district and appropriate disciplinary action taken, not just a slap on the wrist. This person needs to realize that this is not to be tolerated. Also if this is swept under the carpet what will that student to next time? I wish you the best and God bless you and your family.

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  46. Posted by Alta Alumni on March 22, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Larz I am very glad that someone is actually trying to make a change to Alta. There are a lot of sick things that happen there and a lot of it is totally ignored by the teachers, probably because half of them are coaches. The disgusting things that students at Alta get away with become part of society. It doesn’t matter if the act wasn’t meant to be racist, it still represents a satanic thing that is still practiced in society today. Something may start as a joke, but then as you become comfortable with it, it becomes real. Alta needs to change and it has to start with the students.

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    • Posted by Wyatt Powers on March 22, 2011 at 2:50 am

      Hahaha! YES! Call it “satanic” and all will follow your lead! You win the argument! Good for you!

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    • Posted by genevieve on March 22, 2011 at 3:44 am

      I read an article just a while back. I can’t remember what city it was talking about but you have professional black citizen’s that are discriminating against other black people moving into their neighborhood.

      Why? Because as I have said before, there is a difference between a ‘n’ and a black person. If those black people had less class than they do they would probably refer to those individual’s they don’t want moving into their interratial neighborhood as “n’s”.

      If it is not a bad word for a black person to use than it should not be seen as a bad word for a white person to use it.

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      • Posted by Anthony Smith on March 31, 2011 at 8:34 am

        Genevieve! Please, sit down and put your headphones, and shut it. You are not qualified to comment, clearly. More MTV and it’ll all be okay for you…for real.

  47. Posted by uncle tom on March 22, 2011 at 2:45 am

    I think it was funny and glad we live in a place you can wear a white hood. sounds like your a trouble maker and not to well liked in school grow up laugh it off and get on with your life. before it gets worse and you have other problems.

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  48. Posted by Laura on March 22, 2011 at 2:52 am

    You’re the man. Just wanted you to know. You are articulate & well spoken. You stand for what is right, and should be very proud of that!

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  49. Posted by Linsey on March 22, 2011 at 2:53 am

    You are wonderful. Keep being wonderful, amazing, courageous, kind, and respectful you. We all have many purposes here in this life…I believe this is one of yours…helping others understand, respect, and accept all people. Keep it up!

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  50. Posted by Duke on March 22, 2011 at 2:57 am

    ok so “K” did a report when she was in school about all the “bad” stuff the Klan did….did you also do your research on how they didn’t JUST go after people with different color skin? How they went after thieves, wife beaters, cheaters and people that didn’t support their family?…oh but it’s much easier to just say the KKK did evil bad things and curl up in the in the fetal position and cry about how bad life is. Give me a break. But I do like how it’s not racists that there is BET, NAACP, United Negro College fund, so on and so forth….but…BUT….if I wanted to start a “poor white kid college fund”….or WET….or National Association for the Advancement of Caucasian People…I would definitely be a racist….face it…people with “colored” skin are NOT the only underprivileged people in this world. Growing up in the South, where even the older black men drove 4 wheel drive trucks, WITH Confederate flag plate on the front and they would bitch about the way young men (generally black) wore their pants down around their knees. My half Mexican wife hates going downtown with me because the first ass I see hanging out I make it a point to talk loud enough for them to hear me and say “well my day is complete, I got to go out and see a guys ass, I can sleep better tonight!”

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    • Posted by Elizabeth on March 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      I love how people use racism against whites as a defense for racism against blacks. I tend to agree that those organizations you listed are counter productive, and racist in nature, and that there are plenty of people out there who are equally ill-treated, but that doesn’t mean that just because everyone is ill-treated that the ill-treatment is ok. It doesn’t mean that the way the KKK acted/acts is ok, or that it’s ok to treat the KKK as humorous. All of it is wrong. We must judge people’s actions, not their race.

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  51. Posted by Altahawksenior on March 22, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Dude i seriously think your overreacting it wasn’t aimed at you.I was there it was aimed at the seniors like me. And seriously your not the kind of kid that should be saying stuff like this you are ruining the reputation of alta and the kid that did it when really its not like anyone is even racist here. Seriously dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

      I disagree. Alta’s reputation is worthless if it is tolerant of racist actions such as wearing a white KKK hood regardless of who it was intended for. The courage Larz has shown is to be commended. Ask Mr. Murphy to teach you about the KKK and you will soon know why it isnt funny.

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    • Posted by Lori on March 22, 2011 at 6:13 am

      Larz, you’re not the one ruining the reputation of Alta. It could be the kid that was the “jokester”, or the numerous classy comments from the students using such classy language. No, you are the one in the right. If he actually ran around the gym after the Juniors won the competition, where was the administration? or….the kids who didn’t think it was funny or ok. As a parent of past and present Alta students…I am totally and completely embarrassed at this time. This is not the Alta I know and it’s disturbing that it’s come to this. I feel a little sorry for his family, how humiliating and embarassing to have a child that thinks its ok to act like that.

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    • Posted by Krizzle on March 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      It doesn’t matter if it wasn’t aimed at him. You don’t go around portraying yourself as a member of a group that symbolizes hate. Personally you have a lot of growing up to do Altahawksenior.

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      • Posted by logicoverfeelings on March 24, 2011 at 4:11 am

        Yes you do, if you so choose. It’s called “freedom of expression”. As long as a person isn’t physically harmed, which laws already protect them from, what right do we have to stop them from expressing themselves, even if it’s offensive? How can we weed out the good from the bad if we make one or the other be so behind closed doors alone? How can people grow as individuals if they’re not allowed to express and work through whatever they need to become themselves? Homosexuality offends many Christians. Should gay acceptance stop being taught in schools? A Catholic priest may remind a boy of past abuse by another of his kind. Should Catholic priests no longer be allowed seen in public? I’d rather live in a country with free expression than one that controls every person’s actions and thoughts. Everyone’s been offended, made fun of and called names. He caused no illegal physical harm. In fact the half-white kid touched his possessions. Get over it.

  52. Posted by peterbilt356@gmail.com on March 22, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Not to hard to believe in the land of “Zion” my friend. Yes the hat was a bad choice that one must live with. Keep your chin up life is challenging every day. Do nor stoop down to their level it will make you a better man.

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  53. Posted by Xavier on March 22, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Unfortunately, not much has changed in the hearts and minds of many Utahans. They are still in the mind set that white skinned people are the “master race” and all others are inferior. I live in Orem and it is bad here too. From harassment from police to citizens who do not even know me. I’ll be walking down the sidewalk and a couple of guys in a pick up truck will drive past and tell me to go back to Mexico or call me a “spic.”

    This is how many Utahans treat their fellow citizens and it is sad.

    I am glad that you stood up to your racists classmates and hopefully the school will do something to further discourage this kind of behavior from the student population.

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  54. Posted by ALTA SENIOR on March 22, 2011 at 3:16 am

    You are making way to big a deal it was aimed at us the seniors not at you ive talked to many other kids who are colored and they didnt care they saw it chuckled and got on with life. I know Mackay he isnt racist he just likes to entertain people. You are seriously making way to big a deal out of this calling the news and everything. Get on with your life and forget about it, it wasnt even towards you.

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  55. Posted by Sarah on March 22, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Hey Larz. First off, congratulations! on bringing this type of behavior to everyone’s attention. It happens more often than people realize because they don’t see the problem with a joke or two.
    But do you think this was actually hatred based? Or just ignorance at it’s basest form? To me it sounds like the later. Unfortunately, you will find this type of behavior anywhere you find a majority/minority situation. Some of the posts elude to the fact that it only happens in Utah, which is unfortunately untrue as well.
    I’m very grateful for your courage to take a stand! Be careful though, make sure not to laugh too loud at ‘majority'(whites, mormons, catholices etc) jokes because that breeds the same kind of ‘hatred/ignorance’ that you are fighting against. Stay strong in your cause it is the right thing!!

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  56. Posted by YourFriend on March 22, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Thank you, Larz. I’m a senior at Alta, and believe me, I did not think the joke was funny at all. I felt so ashamed to be a “Hawk” the day of the spirit bowl. It’s true that racial slurs are commonplace at Alta. It’s rediculous. Thank you for taking a stand and showing me that there are still some remarkable people at Alta.

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    • Posted by JP on March 22, 2011 at 6:23 am

      Someone has their head on straight at Alta. I commend you for sticking by him. Not all are a lost cause 🙂

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  57. Posted by Miguel Moreno on March 22, 2011 at 3:36 am

    Good Job Bro. I would of done the same thing.

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  58. Posted by lapxps on March 22, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Acts like this just remind me of how majority of alta students are self-centered ignorant peices of shit

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  59. Posted by Yi on March 22, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Dude, even though I don’t know who you are, I agree what you said in the blog. I don’t think you overacted, we need people stand up for what is right.

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  60. Posted by Melanie Pluta on March 22, 2011 at 3:55 am

    I have never EVER felt so ashamed to be an Alta student. My class graduated last year, so I didn’t see this at school. But believe me, you would have had my support. That’s disgusting. They should make Mrs. Carlton’s class Pride of Prejudice a required thing.

    Racism is not funny. I don’t care if they meant it as joke. The KKK is not a joke.

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  61. Posted by ClassyGirl on March 22, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Larz. What you are doing is very right. The kid who wore the KKK hood is obviously under educated, and has no idea what he was even doing. Whether it was a joke or not, it was NOT acceptable by any means. It was NOT funny, and those who thought it was funny are obviously naive. I support you fully, everyone who doesn’t, needs to reconsider what they stand for.

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  62. Posted by Barbara on March 22, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Just to be clear, it isn’t Larz who is making this into a “bigger issue” or “over-exaggerating”. It is the many posts which are confirming that ignorance and hatred abound at Alta and Utah in general. Thanks to the others who understand why recognizing that it isn’t funny and should have been addressed by admin or teachers in the first place is important. I can see why Larz is putting up this blog and why he will probably not remain quiet any longer… if this was viewed as a joke, how much has been going on before this that this is seen as “no big deal?”

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    • Posted by Tim on March 22, 2011 at 5:17 am

      Barbara, I have to take issue with your comment that “ignorance and hatred abound at Alta and Utah in general.” If you are basing that comment on the ignorance of the vulgar posts on this blog, you are sadly being just as ignorant. It is always dangerous to generalize because you end up labeling the innocent. I am not saying it is an isolated incident by any means but please dont condemn good people by generalizing. I would be willing to bet that in general people are not ignorant and hateful…but those who are can ruin it for us all.

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    • Posted by Virg on March 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      I agree with Barbara. Living in the New York metro area, it just boggles my mind how many kids are posting oh it’s no big deal, grow up, get some thicker skin, etc. It’s sad how ignorant these kids are. One day when/if they leave their little bubble, and they get made fun of for being ignorant and someone tells them to get over it, then maybe the’ll think back on this incident.

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  63. Posted by Sarah on March 22, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Lars,

    I’m a student at UVU in an Race and Minority class. I was wondering if I could speak to you or ask you a few questions that would help me and my group on a project about racism?

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  64. Posted by kajshfkjahsd on March 22, 2011 at 4:09 am

    I don’t know Larz, nor was I at the assembly. But I do go to Alta, and I think people just shake things like this off their shoulder way too much. With the history of our country, and what the KKK has done, it was inappropriate to wear a KKK mask.
    I know Mackay, and I could imagine he just thought he was being clever by wearing the mask since the seniors were all in black, it is clever, but not right. He didn’t really think it through before putting that mask on.
    Everyone is saying it wasn’t aimed at Larz, but everyone also knows the things the KKK has done, and other African American people at Alta may have just been like, whatever.. i know thats not what it was meant for, but I’m sure some were offended, which is entirely understandable.
    I never thought it would become such a huge scandal, but maybe this will show students everywhere how seriously some people take racism, and maybe, just maybe, it will change.

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  65. Posted by Dani on March 22, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Hey, I understand why you felt the need to make this known to everyone in Utah. I’m of Argentinian descent and I feel lately this “racial” humor has increased dramatically. A few years ago I didn’t hear anybody talking trash about “Mexicans”. People in Utah have grown more and more ignorant over the years and something needs to open up their eyes and see just how racist they really are.

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    • Posted by Clytemnestra on March 25, 2011 at 2:27 am

      No, people were a lot more tolerant in Utah, because their exposure to all the richness of multiculturalism was extremely limited. The less people of color or different ethnicity in a homogeneous area, the more tolerant they tend to be of difference.

      Your problem is that the people of Utah are less ignorant of what happens when the rainbow hordes of diversity invade their pristine state. Sorry you had to learn the hard way, Utah!

      BTW, for all you people sniveling about racism and intolerance, there is nothing forcing you to stay in Utah. Go back to where you came from instead of intruding yourself on the people of Utah and pulling all your rude antics and then whining, because it is not appreciated. If all these people are being evil to you, shun them. Leave!

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  66. Posted by Jordan on March 22, 2011 at 4:28 am

    It was taken a little too far, but still we can’t do anything about it now. Lets just have everyone stop doing stupid things
    and call it a day.

    -to the idiots that do stuff like that, its not funny, its a lame joke, I don’t even laugh in the inside, people take it offensively,
    and then–> you get suspended.

    So everyone please stop stupid things, your just making yourself look stupid.

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  67. Posted by Kristen B. on March 22, 2011 at 4:30 am

    I admire your bravery Larz. It’s hard to stand up for yourself and what you believe in, especially in high school. I’m completely disgusted by some of the comments people have made on here. I’m know it’s difficult, but try to ignore those people.

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  68. Posted by pathetic on March 22, 2011 at 4:31 am

    Do you like all of this attention? the news? cops? administration? REALLY? IT WAS A JOKE! it wasn’t even pointed towards you. AT ALL! a pointed hood? a heil hitler sign? they were running around with both of there arms up! not even thinking about the heil hitler sign. Stop making things up. its annoying. your making alta look bad for no reason. Mackay is not racist at all! and if you actually knew him you would know that! Get over it. its pathetic. it wasnt pointed towards your race. it was pointed towards the seniors who were “black”. nothing at all to do with the african american race. You shouldnt be talking, i’ve heard many people talk about the hurtful names you have called students at alta high. and you actually intend to! maybe someone should tell on you, bring the whole world in to everything wrong and hurtful you’ve done! how would you like the news to hear about all your mistakes? yeah, not too fun huh? no ones perfect kid. your blowing this way out of proportion.

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  69. Posted by Jim Halpert on March 22, 2011 at 4:32 am

    The world is a scary place. Even coffee is racist. Okay my wife said I have to say something serious: Racism is bad. Don’t do it. Really don’t. ❤

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  70. Posted by W Jones on March 22, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Good Job Larz, don’t let the ignorant comments get to you. You did the right thing, unfortunately we still have uneducated people in Utah that doesn’t know what the kkk did back in the day or they just don’t care. But let them keep wasting there energy hating on others and we will keep rising above them ALL.

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  71. Posted by Hailey on March 22, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Hey Larz i am a senior at alta also, i just wanted to let you know that what your doing is right. After going through this blog i realized what really goes on behind the scenes at Alta, and honestly makes me disapointed in some of the ignorance thats at our school. Keep your head up, and ignore all of these negative comments. We can only hope these people will become mature and realize how wrong this is, hopefully people can learn from this. You have my support!

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  72. Posted by Richard Robin on March 22, 2011 at 5:01 am

    At least he had the courage to stand up for something he believes in. I can guarantee that a good majority of the people who attend Alta High School have all thought about trying to better our school in some way, but had no backbone to actually take any action because they fear that it will backfire on them in a negative way. Larz, I fully support you with your cause. And those of you who post profanities about him or his cause, just know that it embarrasses me to know that I attend high school with people like you. Thank you Larz for what you’ve done for our school. A lot of people can learn from your efforts.

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  73. Posted by Tim on March 22, 2011 at 5:06 am

    After reading the comments I feel there are far too many who are trying to stereotype “Utahns” as racist. This ignorant and intollerant behavior occurs everywhere not just Utah. Unfortunately, ignorance abounds everywhere. I grew up in the south and know of the hideous actions of the KKK. It isn’t funny, it isn’t a joke and it definately is not appropriate to parody it in school. I believe you took the proper action bringing it to the attention of the administration. But lets be careful not to label every white student at Alta as a racist, that would be equally racist. The administration should take approproate action and discipline as needed. But what a few do out of stupidity should not define the whole race, religion, nationality, etc. That is just as dangerous a trap and equally wrong.

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  74. Larz,

    I wanted to let you know I think it was remarkably brave to speak out against the ignorance and hate in your school. Many adults would not have the integrity to stand up and say this is wrong – and it is. I really don’t care what excuse people provide for this, ignorance, joking or any other cover for racism only allows it to continue.

    My experience here in Utah is that many people are ignorant to the prevalence of ‘casual’ racism. You don’t need to accept this type of behavior in your classroom or your community.

    Congratulations on putting racists in the spotlight – they don’t like it there. Stay strong and know you have support.

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  75. Posted by Caitlin on March 22, 2011 at 5:38 am

    I agree with this larz kid. This kind of stuff shouldnt be happening even if its not directed toward you. Someone has to stand up. Its not like anyone else had the balls to do it.

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  76. Posted by Tanner on March 22, 2011 at 5:44 am

    I Can see both sides of this. It’s true that we do have problems with racism in Utah, America, The World. It’s every where. Basically it’s just telling people that they don’t fit your view of perfect and that they’re not worth loving because of that. What the kid did is pretty messed up.

    However We don’t really know racism in america anymore. In todays world you bring up that a person is black (I don’t mean this bad it’s just the color they are, I’m not going to insult them by calling them colored because I’m afraid of political correctness) and it can very easily be called out on racism even if it’s just a comment.

    At school for art my friend was going over the color spectrum and they were getting the whole all colors together make black review. A kid who didn’t know that Commented with “Oh so that’s why Alex is black” He didn’t mean it harmful it was just a understanding moment. He was immediately told to tell every one sorry for being racist and to never talk like that again.

    This is a bit of an extreme example but really this kind of thing happens every where. Have you people met anyone from a country that is truly racist. I know a guy that grew up in South Africa. When he came to the United states and converted to a church that accepts Black people he had to work for weeks to get over the idea that had been ingrained in him since childhood. “Blacks are not people” Not just that they’re different. He Believed with all his being that they were not people and didn’t have the rights that people do. They were a different species

    Looking at that makes the way that blacks are seen in America and Utah seem pretty posh. Sure were not all the way there, and yes the joke the kid “played” was extremely untasteful and possibly a cry for attention.

    But Just realize the racism that people know here isn’t racism.

    I congratulate you for standing up for your beliefs however, and am all for the whole getting people out of the ignorant phase. I’m just not sure it’s the same ignorance.

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    • Posted by Jordan on March 22, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      “But Just realize the racism that people know here isn’t racism. ”

      Racism is racism.. I’m not attempting at the extreme here, but allowing bullshi* like this to continue only perpetuates the mindset that it’s okay.

      It shouldn’t be taken lightly.

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  77. Posted by JEN on March 22, 2011 at 6:11 am

    I have read all of these post with great interest as I have two nephews that go to Alta. It does not surprise me that something like this happened. Was it intentional, I don’t believe so, that said I REALLY don’t think you kids today fully understand what the Klan was about. Although I commend you for standing up for something that is wrong, I too think that you took it too far. I can see going to the school adminstration and complaining but going to the news media was over the top. Apparently the student that did this has been punished for his stupidity and even tried to apologize. But apparently that was not enough for you. What you failed to realize is that where you don’t necessarily live an exemplary lifestyle (being a bully is not exemplary) The news media is not biased. Anything that can be said that is against yourself and your family will be and it will be published in black and white or technicolor. If you were an outstanding person who had never wronged anyone you had a golden oppurtunity to show how racially biased your school is. Unfortnately, because of acts you have chosen to do, that oppurtunity has failed.

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  78. Posted by JP on March 22, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Larz –

    Keep up the good work, bud. You did the right thing. You stood up for not only your race, but racial prejudices alike. This should NOT be tolerated ESPECIALLY in a high school. Reading some of your fellow classmate’s comments have disgusted me, but I hope you continue to hold your head high.

    As for the accusations of you being a troublemaker yourself, if it is true, now is the time to take what you’ve learned with this situation and be the mature, and well educated person you truly are. Don’t let these kids, and I really do mean KIDS, get you down. I sure hope that the school takes into account the seriousness of not only the student that had worn the KKK hat, but your classmates who don’t take something like this seriously.

    Highschool can be some of the hardest years. I am a Caucasian female, and can’t even begin to know what you feel, but I can say that your peers will not go everywhere with you in life. Keep your chin up, kid. You’ve got a good head.

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  79. Posted by Robert Gravitt on March 22, 2011 at 6:32 am

    I have very close Hispanic, Asian, Black and white friends. We sometimes tease each other about our race. None of us are offended because we know we respect each other and we are close friends. The joking is taken in just and is acceptable because we all share in the joke both ways.
    However, racist jokes have no place in an environment where the parties involved may be offended. That is the difference.
    My culturally diverse friends know I will get a good laugh as they call me a honky. We are close enough friends to be able to do that. We have an inner trust and mutual understanding that creates a peaceful environment.
    When that type of relationship does not exist in an environment, racist jokes are an insult, disrespectful and can be considered a threat.
    I support your voice as you stand up against this type of behavior. The school better understand this is serious stuff.

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  80. Posted by Jb on March 22, 2011 at 6:36 am

    In reading the responses of some of the children from Alta, I am very glad my child will not be attending that school. I have never in all my years observed such pathetic examples of grammar, reasoning, diction, or decorum. The idea that these entitled little hipster douche bags would support such an evil expression and make excuses for lampooning some of the darkest moments of our national history is utterly repugnant. Most of them need to be sent to a military academy.

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    • Posted by Virg on March 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      Agreed!

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    • Posted by NotfromUtah on March 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      This is the best reply I’ve read.

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    • Posted by bro#69 on March 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      me fail english? thats unpossible.

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    • Posted by Devon on March 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      While I do agree with Jb, there are some people at Alta who aren’t always like what you describe.

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

      We are lacking decorum but you are calling us “hipster douche bags”? Oh please. You cannot tell me that as a high school student you did not misspell words or ignore your syntax. These comments are just getting all the more ridiculous.

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    • Posted by AHAR on March 23, 2011 at 4:59 am

      My skin is not white like ‘everyone else’. I went there for one year. Did not feel included at all. I have fled to a school more accepting and with well educated students. However, living in Draper, I still deal with it. At a church service, during Sunday School just this past Sunday, I was asking the teacher a question. Right when I open my mouth, an ignorant student (attending Alta believe it or not) said, “Shut up! Only speak when spoken to.” Alta is the worst school I ever went to. My friend (he is white for you ignorant people that think it matters) fled with me after going to Alta. He has a different style of clothing, music, etc. and he realized that if he isn’t mainstream, he will also be excluded or people will judge him without meeting him.

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      • Posted by TP on March 23, 2011 at 9:59 pm

        maybe you weren’t included because the color of your skin, but maybe because you are not like most people personality wise. Everyone feels unincluded at many times during high school, but what shows how strong you are is how you handle the situation. Running from your problems is not a sign of strength.

    • Posted by TA on March 23, 2011 at 6:26 am

      my friend, i am sorry to hear that your views on alta have been crushed because of such horrific representation. i must inform you though that the majority of our students are not like this. i can assure you however that other school within the salt lake and utah valley regions are just as rank with racism as alta is and that this could have happened anywhere. take it from an alta student who actually understands what went on in this situation and please do not blame all of alta for the mistake of one person and the tasteless comments of a select few students. there were faults on both sides, that much is certain and i dearly hope that our high school can recover swiftly from this in years to come.

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      • Posted by AHAR on March 23, 2011 at 5:15 pm

        Trust me, it’s not just Alta. There is a great majority of the Utah population that is ‘racist’. They have no reason to be racist though. I hear stories all the time about other Utah schools and how the kids were disliked/hated because of race. It’s a problem that the schools do not see and I am glad that Larz was strong enough to bring this to attention. I do not blame all of Alta. And I know it was just a joke that was in poor taste. But this situation will definitely bring the very real problem of racism in Utah to light. It sucks that some people become generalized because of the mistakes made by their fellow race members. That’s why people are thinking all of Alta is racist. Why people things anyone with a turban is a terrorist. Why people think all blacks are thugs. And so on. The actions of a small portion of people belonging to a certain race, religion, family, etc. are what people base the rest of those people on. However, as I said, I know that not all of Alta is like that. But I can assure you that others will feel differently than me because they make assumptions based on a single negative experience. Which is understandable because negative experiences are more likely to be remembered because they hurt for a very long time.

    • Posted by Sunshine on March 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      I agree wholeheartedly. It is unbelievable how these students brutilize the english language and their fellow students.

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    • Posted by TP on March 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      know matter where you send their kids and “how good the english program is,” it all comes down to how smart your kid is. By the way, I can tell that you tried as hard as you could to use big words in your comment to make it sound like you are smart and people from alta are dumb. It isn’t fooling me. Nice try though.

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    • Posted by P12 on March 23, 2011 at 11:07 pm

      What a completely foolish post. Who are you to generalize an entire school’s population? You don’t even know if half of the idiotic comments made on here were actually Alta students. Being an Alta student myself, it deeply offends me to here someone with zero grounds to back your claims up go off on everyone who attends Alta. Seriously. Get a life.

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    • Posted by TROLLIN on June 16, 2011 at 12:37 am

      hehe you all need to chill out this was not ment racist Mckay did not mean that… and i have great grammer!

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  81. Posted by Robert Gravitt on March 22, 2011 at 6:36 am

    We had the KKK stop by my high school in 1979. He was an adult recruiter who showed up on campus because his brother went there. Needless to say he was escorted by us, the students, off the campus rather abruptly. And we were a 99.9% white school.

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    • Posted by TP on March 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      well thats good that you had mostly white people at your school. We are mostly a white school and one person did something unacceptable. Please stop calling alta a racist school, you dumb ass.

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  82. Posted by Robert Gravitt on March 22, 2011 at 7:14 am

    I want to add one thing. Remember, what goes around comes around. So if you are a jerk to others, be sure you are not casting the first stone. And remember, if you look at a white person and believe he is a racist due to the color of his skin, that makes you a racist.
    That being said. The KKK issue was wrong and insensitive.

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  83. Posted by Yahweh on March 22, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Dear Friends,
    NEVER TAKE REVENGE. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back”, says the Lord.

    Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thristy: give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads. Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing Good. (romans 12:19-21)
    “Repent for the Kingdom of God is Drawing Closer and Closer every day! GOD BLESS YOU ALL! KEEP YOUR HEAD UP LARZ!

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  84. Posted by sandy on March 22, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Larz…Don’t back down…You are a light in Utah

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    • Posted by bro#69 on March 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      lights are white. i’m taking this offensively. im going to start my own fucking blog you racist.

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    • Posted by TA on March 23, 2011 at 6:30 am

      to say that utah is a dark place is an ignorant and bigoted statement if i ever did hear one. i don’t know what would cause you to say something so distasteful my friends, but i do hope that amends will be made for it in the future.

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  85. Posted by Carlie M. on March 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Larz, keep writing. You’ll probably have to deal with a lot of people who say you need to “lighten” up, but I think you have an important message to share. You are brave to share it, so keep going! The act of the student was appalling; it reflects poorly on the student, the parents of the student, the friends of the student, and the administration. Racism is not a joke. There are some lines that you do not cross. Keep raising your voice!

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  86. Posted by MIKER on March 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    CONTINUE TO STAND YOUR GROUND YOUNG MAN. BECAUSE OUR SKIN COLOR MAY BE DIFFERNT THAN THE PERSON STANDING NEXT TO YOU OR ME, WE ALL HAVE FEELINGS AND SHOULD RESPECT EACH OTHERS.WE HAVE NO CONTROL OF WHAT WE ARE BORN BUT, AS WE GROW IN LIFE ONE NEEDS TO LEARN TO BECOME MORE UNDERSTANDING OF THIS. AFTER ALL WE ALL BLEED THE SAME COLOR. THERE ARE PEOPLE IN LIFE WHO HAVE NOT SAT DOWN AND PONDERED THIS.I GREW UP IN A FAMILY WHO THOUGHT IF YOUR SKIN WAS NOT MY COLOR THEY WERE INFERIOR TO ME. I PRAY THAT PEOPLE OF THIS NATURE WILL SOME DAY FIGURE IT OUT, I DID AND SINCE I’VE TALK TO MY FAMILY OVER THE YEARS THEY TO NOW UNDERSTAND. I DON’T KNOW YOU PERSONALLY BUT READING YOUR BLOG MAKES ME PROUD TO HAVE PEOPLE SUCH AS YOURSELF BE IN THE SAME WORLD I LIKE TO LIVE IN. I’LL BET YOUR PARENTS ARE VERY PROUD OF WHAT THEY HAVE TAUGHT YOU. STAY WITH IT!!!!!!!!!!!

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  87. Posted by rshafer on March 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    When I went to Tooele High, there was not many African Americans in my school. There was no problems with racism during that particular time anyway. People liked them and they were also the popular kids in the school. I hope that it is still the same today.

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    • Posted by TP on March 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      it is the same today, rshafer. A lot of black kids are popular and are the funniest and kindest kids out there. Larz is just kind of the oddball because he is a drama queen.

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  88. Posted by KC on March 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Larz,

    I hope the foolish comments on here motivate you to continue fighting this. There is always a vocal minority that will try and put you down, but remember that is not how everyone feels. I would bet that the majority of people support you. You are helping to draw light to this situation, and I pray that the silent majority will stand up for you.
    I am white, and I support you.

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  89. Posted by Candace T on March 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    You are the kind of man that I hope I can raise! I am so proud of you!!! Things change ONLY when someone takes a stand!

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    • Posted by TP on March 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      Yes larz, things can only change when you tell the media, tell the administration, and make a blog instead of talking to the person that bothered you. all my life i have been taught that to solve problems you need to communicate. This is not communication. Candace T would like to be a snitch like you one day! Yes, you have another follower!

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  90. Posted by Krizzle on March 22, 2011 at 2:08 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 TP on March 23, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      dear krizzle,
      Larz was not bullied. the kid put on the hood and it was aimed at the seniors wearing BLACK. The kid also did not do hail hitler signs! once again we have another adult that doesn’t have their facts straight and should pull their heads out of their asshole before posting ignorant comments like this.
      Sincerely,
      TP

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  91. Posted by JSargent on March 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    By allowing students to have a flippant attitude towards racism we are allowing them to think that bullying and racism are okay. They are not okay in any way, shape, or form. Whether this was directed at Lars or not, is beside the point. By allowing the student to think it is okay and for the administrators to be oblivious of it, can only be described as neglect. I have lived in the South and the Bible Belt and while I was not discriminated against because of my race I was discriminated against because of my religion. I know how it feels whether it’s directed at you or not. In either case it is not acceptable.

    The KKK derived their costumes from Catholic Priestly apparel worn during holy processions. To have demeaned a very holy appearance to the Catholics with racism and violence is absurd, yet it has happened. Why would we allow our children, in any way, to continue that horrible tradition? It embarasses me that this would happen in any form. It is the responsibility of the parents to make sure their children understand right and wrong and so many parents have gotten so soft on that teaching. We can’t allow ourselves or our children to think that this kind of act is okay. It is not okay.

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  92. Posted by sara on March 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I am impressed that you did something to stand up against something that you felt is very wrong. I grew up in Utah with a Caucasian father and Japanese mother. I was born here in Utah and for most of my life I didn’t have to deal with much racism. It wasn’t until the 7th grade at Hilcrest Jr High where one boy started taunting me and making racial comments toward me. I didn’t know what to do about it so I ignored it. A few years later he was a teacher’s aid and was responsible for getting student’s their supplies and he would never give me mine. He told me that I didn’t deserve to be there and I should just go back to my own country. I don’t remember ever having any sort of relationship with this person other than that he felt a need to harass me for the only reason that I was biracial. I immediately told the teacher of the incident and the teacher told me there was nothing he could do and “kids will just act like kids.” I am happy to hear that you are not allowing this kind of racism slip by. They are events like these that will open people’s eyes to what really goes on. I completely understand how it feels to be in high school and hear so many racist jokes and comments when the people making the remarks don’t really know how hurtful and offensive what they’re saying really is. I’m sure I have been guilty of saying things that I didn’t fully understand because I’ve heard my friend’s or family say the same things. I’m disappointed that a few of the comments are so closed minded. I don’t know how you are in school but taking this stand has been a good thing. We are not to only be respectful of people’s different races. We are to be respectful of others for the pure fact that we are all human and trying to get through this life and nobody is better than another. It’s good for this to particular thing thing to be recognized so people are aware that racism occurs everywhere even here in Utah.

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

      lol, lets hate on utah. just because one person did something unacceptable, i now go to the most racist school in america. Also, according to you, i now live in the most racist state in america. You guys are just like larz, exaggerating about everything. You are such drama queens. Seriously! larz is such a girl!

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  93. Posted by NotfromUtah on March 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    When you say “My experience is that to be a non-white individual is a bad thing at Alta High School”…I would disagree. I would say being a non-white individual anywhere in UTAH is a bad thing. I don’t think you need to lighten up. It’s obvious you are an intelligent student. I hope you can move on, graduate and get out of this state. My husband and I are as white as it gets, yet we have a son we send to private school in hopes of shielding him from (at least some) of the idiots here. Unfortunately, we don’t have the option to move. I hope your father’s book gets published. I would LOVE to read it.

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    • Posted by TP on March 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      larz, i also would love to read the book your fathers book. i can just picture how many lies will be in it. After all, it may make the national worstseller’s list.

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  94. Posted by alta on March 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    publicity stunt?

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  95. Posted by Meech on March 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    If your thinking larz is overreacting on this matter, than you obviously dont understand his point of view. There are somethings you just dont joke about and that includes wearing a white-hooded cloak to school. People joke about things all the time even molestation. But if someone pretended to molest a child that would be a different story.

    Thank you larz for making this and I hope you keep it updated because I intend on saving it to my favorites.

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    • Posted by TP on March 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      larz, meech is really thankful to you that you exaggerated on what really happened. please keep the lies coming because meech will put this on his favorites if you do! =) i mean, why not put more updates, attention is what you wanted the whole time.

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      • Posted by Meech on March 25, 2011 at 9:12 am

        Lies? so the fact that there was someone wearing a hooded white clock is a lie? Why would it be on KSL if it were lies. Didn’t know someone could be so stupid. Or just oblivious because he doesn’t know what the truth is.

  96. Posted by Emily on March 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Thank you for stepping forward and speaking about this issue. I have 2 children that are bi-racial and it is very hard to hear how cruel some people can be. For the people on here that have posted things stating Larz is overreacting or is a trouble maker or is pathetic. You people disgust me. You have no idea what it is like to be a minority. Your parents have taught you that it is ok to be disrepectful to minorities or that this kind of thing is no big deal. ITS A VERY BIG DEAL!!!!!!!!!! The kid that dressed as a KKK needs to pay the price for his stupidity. Hopefully he and his parents learn from this as well as every one else. This is completely unacceptable and he needs to pay for what he has done. Larz….. I support you 100%
    Thank you again for making a stand and for speaking out on this. My kids are lucky to have some older kids that are willing to stick up for their backgrounds and not just sit back and do nothing about it.

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    • Posted by TP on March 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm

      dear emily,
      Im sorry, were you there? do you know what really happened? i didn’t think so. Stop trying to tell us that we are wrong when you don’t know what happened and you do not know what the fuck you are talking about. come talk to me or someone else that actually knows what happened and get your facts straight. Mackay never did the hail hitler thing for example. obviously this was blown out of proportion if you do not know the facts. thanks for reassuring me that it was blown out of proportion.
      Sincerely,
      TP

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  97. Posted by TheIntrigued on March 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    All of these “holier than thou” remarks are equally troubling to me. The KKK represents an elitist ideology, and so do your comments about how you are glad your children don’t have to go to that lowly and inferior school. Three cheers for reciprocity.

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    • Posted by P12 on March 23, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      what an ignorant comment. i’m sad i didn’t graduate from YOUR high school because it sounds like you learned a LOT!

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  98. Posted by Biggie on March 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I fear for the future of our society. This nation was built by people who were fleeing persecution of their beliefs. People who wanted to be treated as equals. There has been blood shed in this country for those rights. It was never stated that equality should only be for people of one race, color, religion, but equal rights for every man, woman, and child. The Civil War was fought because people finally realized that human slaves were not receiving these rights. Even after the Civil War was over, the battle to mentally understand EQUAL RIGHTS was, and still is, far from over.
    I read all the comments left here from students at Alta High that are upset over Larz speaking out. Saying he should laugh it off, and ignore it. Racist jokes, no matter who they target, should never be laughed off. They are demeaning to the group of people they are targeting. I would hope that anyone who sees, or hears a demeaning joke like that would speak up, no matter what race you are. Until you all learn to respect one another, there will never be equality. Until there is equality among everyone, then this nation will never be strong. I love America, but I see in the news, and around the world, we are not as GREAT as we once were, and it will only continue to spiral further down, until we can learn to treat each other as equals. It is up to the future generation to learn to do that, and from the comments left here by “Alta High’s Finest” we can only hope that a future generation is up to the task. And it is not only these young kids that are the “shining examples of Americas future”, but if you read the news across the country, you see the lack of respect, the ignorance, violence, etc. Unfortunately it is not completely their fault though. The educational restrictions that we have created, and the disciplinary actions we have limited in the country have a lot to do with it. Kids today believe they can do anything, and the laws we have placed will protect them. To a certain degree they are correct. As I said in the beginning, I fear for the future of our society. Please everyone, educate yourself of the past, don’t ignore the things going on around you, and do not be afraid to stand up for yourself, and others. This nation would not have been founded, had people not taken action for what they believed.

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    • Posted by TP on March 23, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      you know what, you are hating on the founding fathers and other people that started this nation. yeah they made a mistake when they had slaves and when they were racist, but they were forgiven. why can’t mackay be forgiven.

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  99. Posted by Supporter on March 22, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Genevieve is really getting on my nerves. She is just as bad if not worse than ashley. She acts like the all knowing, all the while using slander against whoever and whatever she wants. Saying “n” and voicing your support of the word is no different than saying it. I’m very sorry to say that I agree with her on one fact…Everyone is racist to a certain point. But saying that does not make it in any shape or form ok do be racist. Also it seems as if all of her time is spent on this blog bashing anyone who has anything good to say about the situation. It is sad that someone in high school, so close to being considered an adult, could be so immature and uneducated. It is also sad when you can’t voice your opinion without being vulgar, and inappropriate. That is the furthest thing from being an adult in my mind.

    Larz,
    Good for you for sticking up for what you believe. It doesn’t matter if it was meant as a joke or not. The KKK was known for hating, torturing, and killing colored people, Not people wearing black shirts. I am white and I would have felt the same way. Just because no other colored people made a stand, doesn’t mean they weren’t offended or hurt. You were just the one to do something about it.

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  100. Posted by Big man on March 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Larz, White is Right, and if you cant accept that, then fuck off.

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  101. Posted by Lisa on March 22, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Larz,
    Continue to take a stand for yourself! There will be times when NO one will have your back BUT as long as you stand for what you know is wrong…..Which had i been in the same situation i for sure would of done the same thing! There will always be haters, Iggnorant people making iggnorant jokes that to them THEY see know wrong, There is always a fine line between funny jokes and iggnorance. Im proud of a fine young man like yourself to stand up for not only your self but for other races. All the haters and slack you are probably are receiving because of taking this stand will only motivate you to stand up for what you believe in.God Bless you!!

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    • Posted by TP on March 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      really lisa? you are telling me if one person did something to offend you, you would tell the administration, tell the media, and make a blog about it. haha thats sad. you and larz need to learn how to deal with your own problems. mackay realizes what he did was wrong but you are “hating” on him so stop being a hypocrite!

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  102. Posted by The truth on March 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Before you parents and people that weren’t there start praising this kid you should know thats not how it happened. He is completely exaggerating about the events that happened. He was targeted or directly confronted at all. He didn’t rip the kids hood off and it only happened once not twice. If your gonna cry out for help don’t lie about it

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  103. Posted by Kacey Peterson on March 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    You my friend are over-dramic. Everyone no matter the race always make fun of other race’s. It a fact of life. Not to mention it was a white vs. black assembly, not because of race but because of the school colors that everyone was wearing. Im pretty sure he did not do half of the things you have told him but you just like attention and blow things way out of proportion! It drives me crazy how if you talk about a black person its a hate crime but if you talk about a white person its perfectly fine we are all human! no one is a slave anymore. Get over it!

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    • Posted by TP on March 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      i agree with kacey peterson! i want larz to look me straight in the eye and tell me that he has never said something bad about a white person.

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  104. Posted by Colored Alta Mom on March 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Conforming is key! My children are also bi-racial and have resorted to acceptance, ignoring, conforming and even laughing when racial slurs and mistreatment are directed at them. This turning a blind eye to the racist culture here in the area helps my family cope. It’s overwhelming to face such institutionalized ignorance. The culture here is ingrained with racism in so many levels. We have dealt with racism from students, teachers, neighbors and even a principal in a nearby Jr High School. Dealing with it in a lighthearted manner is key because any reaction confirms excess sensitivity and invites exclusion as Larz has experienced.

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    • Posted by Sunshine on March 23, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      It is true. The people of Utah collectively are unaware. Unaware that their in-tollerant behavior is not acceptable elsewhere. I am constantly whitnessing blatant, rampant acts of racial bias.

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  105. Posted by goon mcgoon on March 22, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    this is some dope shit. Dees niggas know how to slang there cocaine. Im as white as they come, alta’s number one the KKK told me smoke weed everyday. Blame the whites for civil rights martin luther king no longer sings mayson mandela is my damn fella. Mckay you made my day its sad to say you’ll been in hell one day. larzs you’ll jack ten cars and be doin life behind bars. The way I figure your a dead nigga.”I know what the KKK is IT’S a disgrace your races,.” -Larz NiGgA pleze get on your knees and get mouth full these. Mcay your fuckin gay what else can we say? you both suck dicks and don’t like chicks thats fucked up but not as fucked up as this:(pretend your an orphan) knock knock… who’s there…. not your parents!!! haha niggas and there kids I hump and dump bitches and guess what your mom’s white haha

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  106. Posted by Rick Astley on March 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    why Are you hating him for standing up for what is right?Larz is someone who is Never gonna give you up, Never gonna let you down,Never gonna run around and desert you,Never gonna make you cry,Never gonna say goodbye,Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you. Give it up haters you all just lost the game.

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  107. Posted by Steven Guierrlomo on March 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Larz is like the will smith of black people

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  108. Posted by Steven Guierrlomo on March 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    leave larz alone okkk?

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  109. Posted by Henry Jmaes on March 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    As I make this comment i am sitting next to my adopted african brother, I understand what its like on both sides. his friends called me cracka and i called them the N word which is worse then saying go fuck yourself!

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  110. Posted by K on March 22, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    This kid was an absolute idiot for doing what he did….an absolute idiot…should his future be ruined for what he did….NO…and this is what you’re doing by blowing it out of proportion…should he be given consequences…YES…but expelling him from school is ridiculous…i am 100% positive he didn’t wake up and think….”let’s ruin some lives today…let’s hate on black students…let’s get expelled” no, the problem is he woke up and just didn’t think. but this has gotten so blown out of proportion it’s absolutely ridiculous! it easily could of been contained within the school…absolutely ridiculous!!!!!! attention-seeking crap!!!!

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    • Posted by Meech on March 25, 2011 at 9:18 am

      you make mistakes you pay the price. don’t be mad he was actually on TV and you were not. hater.

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  111. Posted by Devon on March 22, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I was at the spirit bowl, I saw what the kid did, I couldn’t believe why anyone would do that, but what amazes me even more is how you (larz) made this such a HUGE deal.

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    • Posted by SH on March 24, 2011 at 12:52 am

      Spigger needs attention, and he got it.

      KKK hood joke – “dat racisss! contact the media and air my grief!”

      Martin Luther King Jr is his favorite communist agitator.

      Go back to Africa, Larz. You’re ugly as hell as a mixed race kid, hence “spigger.”

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      • Posted by Meech on March 25, 2011 at 9:21 am

        SH, glad your sayin this on the internet becuase you know you would never in person.

        All these people hating becuase he actually was on TV and you guys were not. Don’t be mad people actually care about him. I understand you parents never cared about you but you dont have to bring it down on everyone else.

  112. Posted by Bready on March 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    If your black and are offended, go back to where you belong. We dont want you in America if your going to act like this.

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    • Posted by Biggie on March 23, 2011 at 4:48 pm

      If you are so ignorant, that you say crap like this, maybe YOU should go back where you came from. Cause I definitely don’t want YOU (Bready) in America, land of the free, land of Equal opportunity, and Equal Rights.

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      • Posted by TP on March 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm

        dear biggie,
        nothing bready said had anything to do with equal opportunity or equal rights. he just doesn’t want to be surrounded by drama queens like that of larz. obviously you do not know what you are talking about and you need to shut the hell up.
        sincerely,
        TP

      • Posted by Biggie on March 23, 2011 at 10:07 pm

        TP
        Are you serious? Bready didn’t say anything against Equal rights? Here is the first sentence he wrote “If your black and are offended, go back to where you belong.” I think that Larz has the RIGHT to be offended. The rest of the sentence is not about Bready not wanting to be surrounded by “Drama Queens” either. That sentence in, and of itself, is very racist. I don’t care about the situation at Alta High’s assembly, if it was blown out of proportion, that is horrible. What is shocking is to see all the comments left here by self proclaimed Alta students that are racist. If you are supporting comments like these, and thinking they are not about racism, then you need to shut the Hell up, cause you do not know what you are talking about.

  113. Posted by Ashlie on March 22, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I am disgusted with some of the people posting comments. In what city, or state in the united states would it be funny to run around during a school activity with a kkk hood on? It doesnt matter if it was a joke or not, its not funny. And the kid that did it should be ashamed. Who cares if he has black friend that thought it was funny, thats because they are his friend. I am white and I am disgusted. DISGUSTED. Yeah, maybe the kid didnt intend to offend people…. but what was he trying to accomplish then? Trying to be funny? The kkk has murdered and tortured people in our society. What part of murdering and torture is funny in any way? What people dont realize is this isnt the only racist incident at alta. yeah yeah we all make racial jokes sometimes, but you have to know when your going to far. I think Larz did the right thing. and to all those people saying he is stupid and a crybaby, you are the ones that need to grow up. this is not funny in any way shape or form. i have a class with Larz and he is a cool kid. i am new to alta and this makes me ashamed that i even go there. you would think that because we are in HIGH SCHOOL and about to be adults that we could kinda act like we had brains.

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  114. Posted by Steve on March 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Larz you have all my support. All that Rawhide at Alta is so annoying and it is not funny at all. They have no idea what they are even dealing with. As your friend, brother, and schoolmate I back you up 100% Thanks for standing up for what was right.

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  115. Posted by Nate on March 23, 2011 at 2:08 am

    this is really turning into a bigger deal than what it was. I was sitting next to some of my black friends in the assembly and they new it was a joke and nothing serious. Larz i understand why you were mad, but it was just a joke. and you are now lying to all these news stations about the whole story.i was there and i saw what happened. you did not take off his hood or anything. the kid onle had it on for about 10 seconds anyway. you ran out after the assembly and told on him. i’m not saying anything bad on you. i’m just saying this could have been solved much easier and without your lies to the news stations. Also i have seen you at school. you bully other kids and say racial slurs against others. and some are jokes and we understand it so we let it go, thats exactly what this was so let it go. now your jeopardizing this kids future just because your mad and want your 15 min of fame. grow up. Im glad you took a stand, but it could’ve been left in school, not this huge crisis on the news. maybe we should get all the kids you’ve beat up and hurt and have them complain to the news? i dont think you’d like that.

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

      Nate, the unfortunate thing here, whether this was “blown out of proportion” or not, you have a bunch of people, claiming to be from Alta High, stating very racial comments on here. It is becoming a HUGE deal now. These kids making the comments are now just confirming the very thought that the story brought to all our minds, “is the Utah Educational System really failing in teaching the kids of today about the wrongs of the past?” Seriously, you want to help bring the truth to light, prove us wrong, and have Alta High students show they aren’t racist.

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    • Posted by AHAR on March 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm

      Nate. Is this really turning into a bigger deal than what it was? If someone threatened to kill the President of the United States and had their threat heard by an outside listener that takes matters seriously, it would not be turned into “a bigger deal than what it was.” It would be taken as seriously as it should be taken. Threats aren’t jokes, racism isn’t a joke, suicide isn’t a joke… Their are a lot of topics that should not be joked about including racism. People take serious ideas seriously. I know for a fact that if my friend joked about being suicidal, I would be concerned too. These are serious issues that need serious attention.

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  116. Posted by Colin Boothe on March 23, 2011 at 2:14 am

    This is pathetic, Larz claims at the reality of the “racism” that goes on in Alta high school. What a great attempt to target Alta’s large white public, when from what I can see there was never any real racism at Alta, you will never come to appreciate real racism Larz, you think this kid had intentionally tried to recreate racism in the form of the KKK? Are you serious? You even go as far as comparing this “racism” to Nazi like, saying he was hailing Hitler a “racist supporter”? You truly believe someone of our modern generation would contain the true hatred and psychology to assume such an attitude in this setting? Does he resemble what these people were like? Your motifs are skewed, you have blindly assumed your view on society? You were obviously offended, but the justification for you statements are wrong! I am appalled to the extent of which you took this. You disgust me with how you applied racism to this. If my statements are not clear on racism, I am not a racist, to any matter, means, or extent whatsoever.

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  117. Posted by 123pornstarkittykittylicklick on March 23, 2011 at 2:15 am

    8========D~~~~~~~~~ all over

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  118. Posted by Anonymous on March 23, 2011 at 2:58 am

    As a current senior at Alta High School and an observer attending the Spirit Bowl on Thursday, I feel this post is blowing things extremely out of proportion. I do not condone in any way the happenings of the junior boy who wore the white pillow-case on his head (clearly meaning to reference the KKK) or support him in any way. What he did was stupid and thoughtless. However, it was not meant to specifically target the African-Americans or other minority races in Alta High School in any form; it was meant to “poke fun” at the seniors as a class (ta the Spirit Bowl, the juniors who wear white and seniors who wear black have always been rivals in bulk, competing to win the “spirit bowl” competition through games). He did not mean to offend Larz or any minority race. This student is a good kid, brought up in a good family. He feels terrible and is serving his school punishment, and this will obviously be something that follows him for the rest of his life. Don’t make it worse for him than it already is and will continue to be. It is just getting ridiculous how much torment he is receiving from outside sources who are reading biased one-sided opinions from Larz in the media.

    As a white girl from Southern California, I have felt what it is like being the minority. Living outside of Los Angeles, my schools were 30-40% Caucasian, the rest African-American, Asian, and Hispanic. Frankly, the thing about moving to Utah and attending Alta High School that surprised me and still makes me laugh is the fact that the white kids here want to fit in with the minorities. They think the African-Americans and Polynesians are cool, and want to be in their crowd. They respect them and want to participate in activities with them.

    I just find it hard to believe, after attending this school for nearly three years, that racism is as prevalent in Sandy/Draper as Larz makes it appear. I am not saying EVERYONE is not racist, or NO ONE has made a racial slur in our school, but I believe that these comments are fanning the flames, that everyone is being riled up in ways beyond what is necessary.

    I am deeply sorry that this event offended you or anyone else. It should never have taken place and you were justified in contacting the administration. It is just very hard to observe these comments and not help but express my opinion concerning the matter, and help others to not stereotype Alta High School as ignorant, lacking “grammar, reasoning, diction, or decorum”. We have very high testing results, a very high percentage of kids taking Advanced Placement and Concurrent Enrollment classes. I believe that as a student body we strive to do what is right to promote goodness in our school.

    I just want the readers to know that as students of Alta High School, we DO NOT support the KKK or anything associated with the demeaning of minority races, or any race for that matter. I just hope that as a school we can redeem ourselves and let others know that we truly strive for great things and not anything that would be misconstrued as demeaning in any way.

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    • Posted by Valkyrie607 on April 3, 2011 at 5:38 am

      If you drop a brick on someone’s foot by accident, does it magically not hurt them because you didn’t MEAN for it to hurt them?

      No?

      Then why do you think that wearing a KKK hood, the symbol of an organization that systematically murdered, terrorized, and intimidated African-Americans for over a century in this country, is somehow going to be LESS hurtful, simply because you weren’t intending any harm?

      Think about it.

      Clearly the kid who wore the hood has been failed completely by the educational system and by his parents.

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  119. Posted by P12 on March 23, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Hey I’m getting a little fed up with one thing. I do NOT approve of what went on at the Spirit Bowl, but from what I witnessed, the whole situation was blown way out of proportion. I was upset by the way the news stations twisted what happened, and how it seemed like Larz gave 2 different stories. I don’t like that Alta is being looked at as a huge racist student population. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Don’t look at one stupid teenager in a school of almost 3000 and judge all of us for it.

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  120. Posted by goon mcgoon on March 23, 2011 at 3:37 am

    hey hey hey

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  121. Posted by ADJ in the buildin on March 23, 2011 at 3:45 am

    freedom of speech the kid can be racist if he wants who cares mexicans are the best race anyways white=doughy Black=burnt mexican= Just right:) im gunna go mow my lawn and mow some white peoples lawn now bye:)

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  122. Posted by ADJ on March 23, 2011 at 3:47 am

    white= doughy black= burnt mexican= just right:) ima go mow lawns 🙂

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  123. Posted by Anonymous on March 23, 2011 at 3:55 am

    There is a little bit of truth in every joke.

    However, the only people laughing at this are those that actually think there is some truth to it. The people that didn’t think this was funny are the ones that find absolutely no truth in it. No truth in the ignorance of people believing that skin color makes someone more or less supreme.

    “I have a dream that my four little 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.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

    I guess that Martin Luther King Jr. is still waiting for that very dream to come true.

    “Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men’s skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.” -Lyndon B. Johnson

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  124. Posted by M on March 23, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Larz you did the right thing. stay strong and don’t let this bubble crowd get to you.
    Mckay you need to learn the American History a bit more.

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    • Posted by Tim on March 25, 2011 at 3:35 am

      Dont single out Mackay like that.. come on you low life.. he is a senior in hs. The kid made a bad decision. Something that has gone WAY over the top. Larz is pathetic for crying like this

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  125. Posted by judgment on March 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    everyone knows that dunn was just kidding. he may have known that everyone would have thought of it as a kkk hat but i do not think that he ment to offend anyone. Here at alta highschool there has become a sense of unity with the white and black kids where most white kids here feel perfectly comfotable saying the n word of making racial jokes. lars is a new student from a different state and was not able or did not want to adapt into this environment where black kids are comfortable with it and dont care. larz needs to learn that everything is in good fun and none of it is actually racist. he took it way to far by going to the media and he knows it.

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  126. Posted by judgment on March 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    god will judge all

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  127. Posted by judgment on March 23, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    what person can ne the judge for mckay but someone who has not done anything wrong which is nobody therefor we should forgive him for his mistakes and so should larz.

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  128. Posted by PMAC on March 23, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Sitting on the senior Side We all saw this kid stand up in his white hood and pop a hitler salute.
    The kid shouldn’t have done it, He’s an idiot for doing so, But honestly It was just a joke. The Juniors color is White hence: “White Power” becoming a popular theme for the juniors in the spirit bowl. The kid was being stupid, Trying to be supportive of alta while still making a joke out of it. Needless to say it was wrong but i think a lot of people have made a bigger deal out of this than it is.

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    • Posted by LK on March 24, 2011 at 4:26 am

      I don’t think it was made into a bigger deal than it is. Dressing up as a symbol of racism is never okay and more kids should have stood up for the right. That is not supportive to Alta High.

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  129. Posted by notjudgingyou on March 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Hey, you did what you felt was right. you felt good about it. you did what you wanted to to. I support you. even if it wasn’t towards you.

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  130. Posted by TP on March 23, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    dear janice,
    Im sorry, i don’t know where you came in to play in this misunderstanding. you are not relevent nor are you educated about the real thing that went on during this event. please shut the hell up when you obviously have no idea what you are talking about. Thank You!
    Sincerely,
    TP

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  131. Posted by TP on March 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Dear every adult that does not go to alta high school,
    He did it as a joke aimed at the seniors because they were wearing black. Mackay was not trying to be racist. I have talked to other black kids at alta and they all got a kick out of it because they knew it was meant to be a joke. please do not post on here that you are proud of larz when you do not know what happened. please do a little more research on things then just watching ksl, and then talk about it like you know what happened.
    Sincerely,
    TP

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  132. Posted by addy on March 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    come on lars you now made alta high the biggest racist school awesome he didnt even mean it directly to you…

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  133. Posted by Grob Hahn on March 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    The KKK didn’t do this, so quit whining like they are after you.
    Grobbbbbbb

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  134. honestly. . . are you kidding me! that kid is one of the most non racist kids. . . but you wouldn’t know because you are from Louisianna. . . the most racist state in the nation. . you made Alta high look like the worst school you could possibly go to but its actually one of the best, it was a spirit bowl. . A.k.a WEAR WHITE!!! this kid was just decking out in white!!! and it was a pillow case!! honestly. grow up!! half of his friends are black. his best friend is black!!! you are making the biggest deal out of something that was supposed to be a fun day. did you not see his black friends stand up and cheer?? didn’t think so. . you are ridiculous. . . if you don’t like how Alta does assembly’s and shit, transfer. . don’t try to become a hot shot and get the news involved. it wasn’t a big deal. .everyone was laughing!!! transfer and leave Alta alone! you obviously can’t take a joke. . . (:

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  135. Posted by theHIDEwillRISE on March 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    OK listen here yuh damn jungle bunny. You end up getting Mackay expelled for wearing a hood the entire school will hate you. So, get him expelled, and then run. All the way back to Zimbabwe cause not a single person will have your back at Alta, black or white. I am white by birth and proud by choice i got plenty of black & poly friends trae, ammon, chyrstel, cam fail, beaver ho ching, etc. I don’t hate black people just little fuckers like you who get chubbies from attention. You know exactly whose talking too the motherfuckking rawhides -100 deep- so now that you fucked with one of us your getting a shit storm for the rest of the time your at alta.

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  136. Posted by JT on March 24, 2011 at 12:30 am

    The kid pulled a moronic act and will be punished accordingly. Larz was 100% correct to take offense and the actions he took. Utah is in a little bubble and oblivious to the real world and always will be, however some of the people who have been transplanted here know what the real world is like and ingnore the ignorance of this bubble.

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  137. Posted by ralph on March 24, 2011 at 1:41 am

    I’m so sick of the faggot white-guilt ridden spoiled, liberal-parent having li’l’ bitch-ass white twats trying to defend this stupid fucking nigger piece of filth. Nigger, I’d like to go upside your head with fucking 30 pound pipe wrench, you barrel of fucking monkey spunk!

    Niggers and spics are nothing but fucking obstacles to anyone who has half a brain. You dip-shit faggot white-guilt bitches make me sick. If/when this country spills over into full-on racial conflict bloodshed, it will be entirely the fault of anti-white liberal bitch-ass faggots, and their nigger pets.

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    • Posted by Biggie on March 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      Seriously, I can’t believe what I just read. I really hope you aren’t breeding, you dumb ass redneck.

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      • Posted by Rawhide is a Bitch on March 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm

        Biggie, you know what the fuck is up! The ralph kid is a dumb shit and should go suck rawhides dick!

    • Posted by JT on March 25, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      Shut the FUCK UP you little piece of shit, I would love to have just 2 minutes to beat your little ass into a bloody pulp.

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  138. Posted by nadarj on March 24, 2011 at 1:45 am

    The ol’ double standard at work once again. This story will probably make national headlines; meanwhile, black-on-white HATE crimes will continue to go unreported by the jew-controlled media. Oh, and let’s not forget about all of the anti-white commercials constantly working the nerve of my people, denigrating them at every turn, without any consequences…

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  139. Posted by whencani on March 24, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Can I beat this animal niggers face apart with a crowbar? I hate people like this assfuck nigger!

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    • Posted by Alfred de Kok. on March 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      No way dude. You ever hit a neekaah on the head? You´ll break your crowbar LOL.

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    • Posted by Biggie on March 24, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      You both are idiots, so please stop inbreeding together, I do not wish to have anymore of you brought into this world.

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  140. Posted by Abby Lucas on March 24, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Larz,

    I am so proud of you for handling this peacefully. I am someone who attended Alta High School, and now live in Philadelphia. I just want to tell you it is not like this in other parts of the country. I am really sorry you had to see and deal with this. I had a terrible time with the ignorance and lack of acceptance in Utah, mostly in Alta.

    As for some of these comments, I am blown away and amazed at the ignorance. What this kid did was clearly offensive, whether he intended or not, and he should be punished accordingly. These kids think they are invincible because of this protected bubble they live in.

    Good for you for speaking up and having a voice – you should be really proud of yourself for handling this with such dignity.

    From Philadelphia,
    Abby

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  141. Posted by Fuckkkyou on March 24, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Larz you are a dumb nigger,do the world a favor and kill yourself
    White pride world wide! Kkk for life!

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    • Posted by Meech on March 25, 2011 at 9:27 am

      haha you would never do anything about it in real life.

      this person was never loved by his parents so he has to bring everyone else down.

      just because you’ve had thoughts of slicing your wrists doesn’t mean we all have had those thoughts.

      you’ll never be anything in life and noone will ever care about you. only your sister/girlfriend

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  142. Posted by Steph on March 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    you are a bitch, you took this shit way to far! you need to calm your ass down cause now you fucked up!

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    • Posted by Meech on March 25, 2011 at 9:24 am

      he fucked up? hahaha like your actually going to do anything about it! you talk but you can’t walk it

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  143. Posted by M. on March 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    FYI, somebody has reposted your blog address on a white supremacist website, encouraging members to comment on your post. Please ignore the rantings of a few lonely, classless bigots – most sane Americans deeply appreciate what you are doing.

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  144. Posted by Alfred de Kok. on March 24, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Look, I ain´t got nothin against neekahs, other than they smell real bad, so Larz, while you are a little pussy who actually needs a good kickin to make a man outta you, I can understand why you might have felt real uneasy seeing that hood and all. I mean, what would you have done if he had pulled out the noose? Shit in your pants? LOL.
    Grow a pair Larz, and stop playing the victim. It´s us crackers who are the victims. We´ve had to put up with you dumb bastards for nearly 3 centuries now, and you still behave like you just stepped outta a tree.

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  145. Posted by kenna on March 24, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Not all students at alta are racist. I think it is a good thing what Larz did, the right thing, but I feel like everyone is being classified into one racist group. I am not racist and I know the people I hang out with are not racist, but whenever I am asked what school I go to everyone has begun to ask if I am racist or they give me angry looks. I will not be put into a group just because of the school I go to.

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  146. Posted by chris on March 24, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Larz good for you man! Many of my friends are black, and ya we joke around time to time about things, but we do not voice our inside jokes in a public setting, where others may get offended. We all know who did this, and it just shows what he has to do to get extra attention, and feel superior to others around. Hes just a rich spoiled kid, that one day will have to grow up, and wont have his parents to baby him anymore. I hope he is taking this seriously, and actually feels sorry.
    Larz, i think its great that you are standing up for yourself, not just cuz your black man, but for others also. KKK isnt just against blacks.. and a racial thing against all.

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  147. Being there at the assembly a few things Larz said is incorrect. Larz did not rip the mask off of the students head. Another thing is that the students was not saluting Hitler. The student had 1 finger up pointing out number 1 for junior class. The news needs to see the other side of the story and get the other side of the story out. Instead of just cutting those parts off on the interviews and only getting what the news wants to be heard. I would say that Larz is taking advantage of where he lives. No one has a dislike here for another race honestly. If you maybe went back east you might really get results of what racism is. Don’t take advantage of where you live bro.

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  148. Posted by JP on March 25, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Quite being such a cry baby Larz. Get over yourself!! Just think, it could of been worse. He could of pointed out that your a queer too!!! Welcome to the real world, I hope you don’t cry everytime someone picks on you!

    If you have hate in your heart, let it out. White Power!!!!!!

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  149. Posted by really? on March 25, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Color doesn’t define a person…. Your personality does. You say that hateful behavior isn’t acceptable but look at how you’re treating Mackay… Do you think that’s fair? Should he pull the freaking race card on you??

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  150. Posted by tyf on March 25, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Your the biggest cry baby bitch… it was a joke to the senior class. not to you. Learn to take a joke. Nobody likes you at alta because you think your a hard ass.. news flash prick.. your a nobody.

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  151. Posted by mike on March 25, 2011 at 3:27 am

    Dude come on.. the kid was not being racist.. it was a joke because juniors wear all white.. YOu shouldnt beable to sleep for what you did to this kid. You talk shit about how you beat up others.. thats real cool man. congrats. But the good news is if you tried to fight him you would get your ass handed to you. So please man up. Dont say alta is discriminating..I am a african american and I have NEVER had any racist problems.. you are just trying to get news time.. suptid bitch

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  152. Posted by Tim on March 25, 2011 at 3:37 am

    i have wrote some mean comments. The fact is what Larz did was taking this out of hand. However, he did stand up for what he bleieved. We should not discriminate even with joking. Good job Larz

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  153. Posted by Jon on March 25, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Good job Larz

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  154. Posted by Oliver on March 25, 2011 at 3:38 am

    I agree. You did the right thing

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  155. Posted by Meech on March 25, 2011 at 9:36 am

    You guys wont do anything but talk trash on this blog. You’ll never do anything in person you stupid pussies. if you want to be heard DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

    just because your parents never showed you love growing up doesn’t mean your allowed to be big babies.

    you see anyone getting fame in anyway and everyone begins to hate but they NEVER actually do anything about it but smack their little lips together and push buttons as long as they are behind a screen.

    keep posting the hate comments because we LOVE seein how stupid you people are because we KNOW you will NEVER do anything about it. black people are here to stay. have FUN 🙂

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  156. Posted by Meech on March 25, 2011 at 9:37 am

    You guys wont do anything but talk trash on this blog. You’ll never do anything in person you stupid pussies. if you want to be heard DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
    just because your parents never showed you love growing up doesn’t mean your allowed to be big babies.
    you see anyone getting fame in anyway and everyone begins to hate but they NEVER actually do anything about it but smack their little lips together and push buttons as long as they are behind a screen.
    keep posting the hate comments because we LOVE seein how stupid you people are because we KNOW you will NEVER do anything about it. black people are here to stay. have FUN

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  157. Posted by Doctor D. on March 25, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    hahahahah Happy five minutes of fame Larz how about on March 23rd of every year we celebrate for the amazing stand larz took and the big difference he made hahahahah ya right that shit almost sounds convincing Hey larz we already do that its called Martin Luther King day. Your not making a difference no one cares about you. What is it like to have 85 perecnt of the school hate you and want nothing to do with you. Oh poor larz is so hard done by. Wait your actually not. Look at the way Blacks(which your not actually 100 perecnt black) were treated in the 60’s 70’s and 80’s.

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    • Posted by Chris on March 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      Let us look at Doctor D’s post.
      “hahahahah Happy five minutes of fame Larz how about on March 23rd of every year we celebrate for the amazing stand larz took and the big difference he made hahahahah ya right that shit almost sounds convincing Hey larz we already do that its called Martin Luther King day. Your not making a difference no one cares about you. What is it like to have 85 perecnt of the school hate you and want nothing to do with you. Oh poor larz is so hard done by. Wait your actually not. Look at the way Blacks(which your not actually 100 perecnt black) were treated in the 60′s 70′s and 80′s.”
      Why don’t people keep their mouth shut and let us believe they are intelligent. Who ever this guy is he proved to us how stupid we have in society. They try to insult Larz, for what he is standing up for, but prove nothing as he can barley use a period in his “run on sentence.” Why not study, and learn how to write.

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  158. Posted by Doctor D. on March 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    HAHHAHAHAH your a dumb bitch

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  159. Posted by LJ on March 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    As a quiet white girl who goes to Alta High School, I now wish I had reported all the racist and prejudice remarks Larz has said to me. I was always too shy and would just brush it off. Larz one to dish racism, intentionally meaning to hurt people, but he can’t take it, even when the mistake (which Mackay has repeatedly aknowedged and apologized for) was meant as a joke.

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  160. Posted by Jenny on March 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I am really sorry that you are having to go through this at Alta. I graduated from there about 6 years ago now and it was a great school. We had many classmates that we knew were either bi or gay and we didn’t treat them any differently. In fact they were some of the coolest people there. It’s sad to hear that all this is happening with the younger kids because I considered it a great experience and I loved high school. So sorry to hear your going through this.

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  161. Posted by kami on March 25, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    First off I’m shocked at these comments!! Ashley you seriously disgust me! but not shocking considering you go to Alta. Alta may seem like an ordinary school until you’ve walked threw those halls. Then it paints a very different picture! racism has never been an issue when I went there, but there is always going to be something! someone will always be picked on for something stupid, its pretty sad how high school kids act. they act like they have lived and are so mature but really have no damn idea about the real world they are soon to face! you know Larz I’m truly sorry for what you are going threw, Im glad you spoke out and didnt keep your mouth shut. I cant imagine what school is like for you now. Even if days are horrible and people are calling you out be glad because you stood up for yourself!! I tip my hat off to you, Ive been there and know how mean kids can be, GOOD FOR YOU! stay strong!

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  162. Posted by "Carlos" on March 26, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Bro, he went a little to far with the joke with the hood and all, but you want WAY too far on the with the blogging. I don’t want to be mean or anything ,but YOU Made this a big deal. It was a joke! Yes it was very crude and unthoughtful one, but IT WAS A JOKE!

    I dont want to offend you at all, but I’ve been hearing rumors (I dont know if thay are true or not) that you are posting comments under false names. That means you are fanning the flames. Is this for attention. If you want this kind of “racist” stuff to stop, then stop putting on peoples’ minds.

    I laughed when I heard about you complaining that the school wasn’t doing anything about this. Didn’t they call the kids to the office? Didn’t he get suspended? Yeah I’m pretty sure he did.

    “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.” That is the biggest stereotype I have ever heard! Maybe if you would stop bloggin then you could see that more then 75% of the kids at Alta are very nice kids.

    Also I think you need to relize that pranks and jokes are going to happen at the spirit bowl. It’s the SPIRIT BOWL, for crying out loud last year they threw paint all over the court.

    I hope that later in life you relize that you overreacted to a mean joke that anyone else would laugh at or would have been mad for a couple hours and then get over it.

    Who am I kinding I know your not going to like this post so your going to delete it first chance you get. Comments like this just can’t be good for your already degraded “image”.

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    • Posted by "Carlos" on March 26, 2011 at 1:48 am

      If you really want to get this issue taken care of, then you wouldn’t delete posts like this.

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      • Posted by Alecia on March 29, 2011 at 7:17 pm

        It’s not a “joke”, carlos…. wearing a white hood took balls, (stupid ones) and he will suffer the consequences for doing so, whatever they may be. He’s lucky the news hasn’t slandered his face and character for all of Utah to see.. If people knew who this kid was he’d be the one crying to daddy for help!!
        Lars, I am so glad you didn’t just tuck your head down while these ignorant children “played jokes”, I know jokes and this is an insult to the word!!

    • Posted by Rosie on March 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      Please read what you wrote and think about it. You are comparing paint throwing with racism pranks. Big difference!

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  163. Posted by yolked on March 27, 2011 at 1:59 am

    larz. i hope that your dad paid you enough money to plug his bitch ass little book that wont sell over 10 copies. your all about attention and if mak gets expelled…….. im scared for what will happen to you. sorry that you made the COMPLETE wrong desicion.

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    • Posted by Chris on March 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm

      This is considered a threat. “im scared for what will happen to you. sorry that you made the COMPLETE wrong desicion.” First off, before you are try to threaten someone make sure you can spell. You can tell when a high school student is making a post. I’m, and decision and the words you were trying to spell. Why dont you guys just leave him alone. Everyone said it is a joke, but jokes no matter what can be hurtful.

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  164. Posted by Vanessa on March 29, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Hey Larz,
    I was, at one time, a bi-racial student at Alta High as well. I commend you for your courage because almost 10 years ago, this same type of behavior was present at Alta. It wasn’t to the extent of this act, but thinking it was ok to say the “N” word, or make “joking” (aka IGNORANT) comments were things i always had to deal with. Back then I wish I would’ve had the courage to take a stand, but instead i try to pretend like they didn’t “know any better” and it wasn’t until college that I really saw how wrong and offensive it was. I was angry with myself for allowing it to happen. Because of all of the ignorance, i have since left Utah and i vow never to return nor raise my bi-racial children there. Good job! I know you don’t know me, but I’m so proud of you! It’s just another step in the right direction for “us”;)

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  165. Posted by Sky on March 29, 2011 at 5:00 am

    I am amazed by the writings on this blog by the teenagers/students. Some actually know what the big deal in history is and some are so small minded and rude that they may never really see what this really is all about. I am saddened that in Utah we are raising children to act this way.
    It may of been the “funny boy” in the Jr class. But at sometime we all need to grow up and look around before trying to make a show for our friends. This clearly hurt some people. I personaly would have been upset to see this take place on public school grounds.
    kids will be kids but with every choice there is a reaction and from there sometimes punishment.
    The kids of Alta High School could really learn allot from this and it could really be a great teaching tool if taught in the correct way.

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  166. Posted by Grasshopper on March 29, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Larz, I know how you feel. I went through Junior High and High school in Salt Lake City, myself and found similar situation as you. Because I am a minority here and did not want to make a fuzz of it, I sucked it in. There is a kid in my math class that were always raised his hand and said, Heil Hitler! Then tell me to go back to where I come from. I was embarrassed and didn’t know what to say. You kind of represented me in a sense. Somehow, I think white people will hate us more, but if they already hate us anyway, your action is a great cause for all of us, minorities, here in Utah. Thank you.

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  167. Posted by Sam on March 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    You know what sad about this whole thing is this is a reflection of what these kids learned at home. I bet that many of you are good LDS kids who hold the priesthood, Blessing and passing the sacrament on Sunday and then from Mon thru Sat you are racists. All these childish acts need to stop. You bring shame to this great state. The consequences of this incident will bring shame to all of us who live here in Utah. When CNN and the media got ahold of this story we are going to be ashamed of this childish act or so called joke. I have nieces and nephews attend your institution and I hope they are not going to be treated the way Larz been treated. By the way I am polynesian.

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  168. Posted by Tami Casper on March 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Wow, I am so amazed to read through these comments see the lack of responsibility and judgement these kids are taking with this issue. I understand the Immaturity does play a part but with that said, where were the “adults” who should know better? Even if the child, who was obviously raised to think this way, was lacking in judgement, does the school not have adults who should be supervising and stop this behavior before it starts? My question is… do the “adults” at that school think along the same lines so it was not seen as an issue??? A scenario, what if a person were to wear this same thing to work or to church or lets say, to the mall, I wonder… what kind of reaction would that person receive…?? My guess is, at work, they would be sent to HR and fired, at church… they would be ..hummm not sure how that would play out… at the mall, I would think that security would nab the person and take them to security for questioning… and would see if they were packing a weapon. So you see, I don’t think it was “innocent” and the “adults” and the “children” should be ashamed of themselves.

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  169. Posted by Sherr Bowman on March 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I am appalled to know that so many juvenille teenagers are verbally taunting Larz for being a young man of character by standing up for his beliefs and convictions. I am a 44 year old white single parent who raised 3 boys and would not tolerate the ignorance displayed here from my own son’s or their friends.

    As a college student who is emersed in sociology the discrimination, bigotry and self righteousness of those of you who believe you are superior to any other human being is a disgrace to yourselfs and humanity as a whole. It is bad enough that it has taken generations to even progress to where we are at today with creating equality, but to have this type of display anywhere private or public is not tolerable.

    To those of you who are choosing to run your mouths and opinions aimlessly, keep this in mind. “What you choose today shapes the person you become tomorrow!”

    Larz I do not know you personally,however I as a fellow citizen in the community am proud of you and will stand by you! Please do not listen to the pointless and cruel rants of these mindless people.

    Continue to be proud and know that you are an individual with backbone and that standing up for your beliefs is never wrong! It is a shame that these selective individuals are so narrow minded to think that they are better than anyone else.

    God bless you, your family and this community and state!

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  170. Posted by Zann on March 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Growing up in Utah I’ve never encountered anything like this, and I am deeply sorry and saddened by not only this event but by the way you’ve been treated by your “classmates” in these comments. You are a brave young man for standing up against this. To all of you who have posted hateful comments: what is your problem? You may not like this young man and he may be unpopular at school, but he’s brave and willing to stand up against hatred, while all of you look like backwoods hicks with no clue about what’s right and wrong. Pull your heads out of your collective teenage rear ends and realize that there is NO SITUATION in which the KKK or Hitler or anything else like that is funny. EVER. Furthermore, how many of you went to seminary before hopping on here and posting hateful and obscenity-laden comments? If you believe a single word of anything you’ve ever heard in church or from your seminary teacher, you ought to be deeply ashamed. What a bunch of foolish children. Keep standing up for what’s right, Larz.

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  171. Posted by rich on March 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    until both sides admit their faults (without pointing to the other), nothing will ever change…

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  172. Let’s not forget that our United States Constitution — more specifically, our Bill of Rights — ALLOWS us to be racists, bigots, morons, and fools. The student who wore the hood had a RIGHT to act foolish; likewise, the student (Larz) who squealed to daddy had a RIGHT to speak against the foolishness.

    I’m not a racist — and for good measure, I’m not a bigot, a moron, or a fool. I believe that racism is evil and I believe that bigotry and foolishness are also evils — evils our society faces on a daily basis.

    But whether or not we face these evils, we do not have the right to THINK, SPEAK, or ACT for anybody but ourselves. Or, in other words, you can only control the thoughts, the words, and the actions of ONE PERSON: YOU.

    Don’t ever attempt to think, speak, or act for anybody other than yourself.

    Here’s one final thought: if racism is hatred…and hatred is wrong…is hating racism wrong? Is hating hatred wrong?

    Learn to TOLERATE intolerance.

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    • Posted by Meech on March 30, 2011 at 4:54 am

      If you believe so powerfully in the Constitution why don’t you tell somebody to walk along a busy road in a white clock and pointed hat and tell them to bring the Constitution with them. They won’t get far.

      If somebody “acts” for for themselves by wearing something such as this, noone will just turn their head the other way and think nothing of it, they’re involving people BECAUSE of racism and racism is rarely ever over-looked.

      Hating something wrong is a double negative so therefore it is not wrong. Even-so noone will ever agree that hating racism is right so that’s not much a point to make.

      People tolerate intolerance every single day multiple times, but there is a difference between intolerance and stupidity and wearing something symbolizing the KKK in the 21st century is nothing shy of stupidity

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  173. Posted by Kim on March 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I applaud your standing up against racism. Some of these comments are sickening. Unfortunately, standing up against the status quo (racism) oftens leaves you open to more negativity and discrimination. This has sparked an important discussion on how we (my co-workers) should be standing up against this. Thank you for being willing to do this and please know there are people across the state standing with you.

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  174. Posted by Cheryl on March 29, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    As a parent with 4 elementary aged children, I am so shocked! I grew up in the Bay Area as the caucasian minority, but skin color was a non-issue. I haven’t seen much racial tension in Utah, but reading these posts are very scary to me. Way to go, Larz! I’m sorry for your experiences here–the majority of Utahns, I believe, treat others with kindness and are service/community-oriented.

    We have debated moving to Draper to attend Alta, but not impressed by the kids with such an entitlement problem who can’t seem to spell or respect others for who they are. I recall another recent story of a cheerleader there who was portrayed in a mean way for sticking to her standards of not competing on Sunday. What is going on over there when kids that are making good choices should be encouraged and praised, but are torn down by so much negativity?

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  175. Posted by utahprincipal801 on March 29, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    As a retired administrator who spent some time at Alta High School, I am appalled that so many students at this high school could leave such crude, hateful, inhumane, and poorly written responses on this blog publicly concerning this incident. This is a sad commentary that each of you who have written these things, felt you could spew this ilk, let alone put it out for the world to see. I am sure you are a minority of the school population, but each of your parents should be required to see the garbage you have written and each of you held accountable for your ugly, intolerable behavior. So sad that you would cast such a poor light on your school, city and community. I am embarrassed for you, your parents, and all of us who live here, to think we have allowed you to grow up thinking you are free to verbally bully your classmates, and that they are in the wrong if they do something to correct it.

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  176. Posted by Karlos on March 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    The comments by some of these students is absolutely shocking. There is obviously a serious problem at Alta High School that needs to be formally addressed. I grew up in the sixties and seventies in the aftermath of the civil rights movement. I thought we were making great strides forward with regards to stamping out racism and prejudice. However, based on some of these comments, it appears that there are those among the current generation of young people who have the ability to set this country back at least 50 years in this regard.

    Now that the Salt Lake Tribune has posted a link to this blog, hopefully the parents of Alta High School students will get on here and read what their children are saying. This kids DO NOT represent Utah at large. We are NOT a racist state, and to prove it, we need to come down hard on these kids and nip this problem in the bud.

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  177. Posted by Shelley Lassig on March 29, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Wow, I am a former Alta student. This action is extremely disturbing to me. I do not have any tolerance whatsover for any form of racism. I was taught to love all people!!! I am grateful that my parents taught tolerance rather than intolerance. Parents of the kids that have posted uneducated comments should be ashamed. I would never have tolerated this action at my school assemblies nor tolerate such comments to be made by my children. I believe that the majority of the kids I grew up with at Alta 83-87′ would have supported you, Larz, completely!!!!! Rasicm is a total lack of education. Total Lack of any intelligence!!! If any one here who is angry at Larz for being appauled at this behavior and then seeing that nothing was done by the administration, so he took a stand…well, I feel very sorry for you. We live in a free country, but that does not mean to express hate. Whomever made the comment that we are all “racist” in some form or other is Wrong!!!! I have love for ALL!! no matter our circumstance, wealth, color, sex, race/ancestry, political views, age, religion, etc, etc, etc!!!! Expression of hatred, is not expressing freedom….it is supressing freedom. Expression of Love and Tolerance Never Takes away Freedoms like hatred does!!!!!

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  178. Posted by Alexis Witt on March 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Dear Genieve,

    I find it humorous that you want to keep your blind lines “pure” you even go on to compare it to the blood line of Italians. It’s fine if you don’t believe in interracial relationships, you have that right. But get your facts straight so you can convey your message more intelligently.
    One. Italians are not a “pure” race. The Moors changed that when they conquered Sicily. The Moors are Black. They changed the entire blood line forever.
    Second, Genieve is a female name so I am assuming that you are female. If it weren’t for women like the sufferagetes, and feminist your opinion wouldn’t even matter today on this blog.
    Third..bra burning never took place in Atlantic City. It’s a media myth. What did take place was women throwing away beauty regime objects such as false eyelashes to protest the Miss America Pageant. It had nothing to do with the desire to be as you put it “sluttier”. Quite the opposite. Those women no longer wanted females being seen as objects.

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  179. Posted by JSmith on March 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I couldn’t bring myself to read through all the comments on this post, but after reading through the first ten, I feel the need to say something. An insensitive act should not encourage more insensitivity. Lars, you have the right to be upset and state your opinion regardless of whether you’ve been in trouble before or not. Many terrible comments have been said about both parties. I don’t see the good in this. Let’s allow the offender to be punished appropriately and Lars to state his opinion. If the media responds in a big way, maybe it will send the message to these students that not everything can be covered up with the excuse of “he was just joking”

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  180. Posted by Jay on March 29, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Larz,
    Larz,

    You did the right thing and know I 100% support you. I’m white and grew up in Utah, but I’ve seen the racism of my parents and am appalled by it. It’s engendered by complete and utter ignorance. White people, from my experience, oppose and persecute blacks because they think it’s funny or are threatened by them. Ignorance fuels this poor lack of judgement. I feel for the trial this has been for you and know you are completely and utterly in the right.

    Stay strong.

    Jay

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  181. Posted by marni on March 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    When i was in the 8th grade at bonneville jr. high several students put black tape above their lip and marched through the room giving the heil hitler sign. i was shocked by this behavior but i was sickened when the teacher joined in. when i confronted the teacher he didn’t understand how offended i was and how deeply his behavior affected me. Over 20 years later i can recall the experience like it was yesterday.

    i am sorry that you have experienced this and i want to commend you for speaking up. calling it what it is. bigotry. hatred. racism. i thank you and because of your bravery you are indeed making this world a better place.

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  182. Posted by Stacey - a mom from Draper on March 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Larz, I am appalled at the words and actions of the students at AHS…but am even more disturbed that the administration and teachers didn’t jerk that kid right out of the assembly, and suspend or expel him. There is no room for hate in this world, and it would appear that many here in Utah are the most ignorant and hateful I’ve seen. Please know that the classless and moronic vocal minority do not express the opinions of the intelligent and informed majority. Some may say that you are “making a mountain out of a molehill”, but it takes one BRAVE soul to bring about change for the good of all. I daresay that you are the Rosa Parks of Alta High, choosing fairness and right over acceptance and fear.
    I would be proud to call you “son”, and know that your parents have done a good job in raising you to stand up to hate and bullying. I hope that the world will soon know your name.

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  183. Posted by LT on March 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I’m sorry you had to go through that. I know personally of someone who is not white/caucasian who also had issues at Alta because of his race. And unfortunately it was the adult teachers who were being unfair. And this has been some 5 years ago. Its sad to see that nothing has changed at Alta. These kids have definitely learned it from their parents and teachers. Alta High School is a disgrace to Utah!!!

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  184. Posted by Alecia on March 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Looks like from all the comments most of the kids who attend Alta High can’t even spell correctly. What a joke! The majority of Alta students are stuck up snobs who walk around with silver spoons in their mouths. No one in their right mind would show up to work or any public place for that matter wearing a white hood unless they had intentions of projecting their hate and making it known. (There are no, just kiddings in the real world)Funny? Ha, no it just shows ignorance and your blatent disregard for your surroundings. People on here try and make Lars sound like a tattler for what he did… are you serious? Bravery and taking a stand for what you believe speaks amounts about a persons character.

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  185. Posted by AV on March 29, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Im not surprised one bit at how numb and insensitive these students were. Ever since President Obama started getting close to winning the Presidential race, I’ve noticed a lot more of my white friends expressing publicly their true feelings towards African Americans. It only goes to show the racism is still heavily present in today’s society. What disturbs me the most is that it is in Utah, where there is a strong influence of LDS faith.

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  186. Posted by Dejah on March 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I don’t know any of you. I am just someone who has seen this story on the news and I have to give you major respect. You have stood up for yourself when you knew what could possibly happen with others and their opinions on this subject. I wish that more people would stand up for what they believe is right in this world. No matter what anyone says to you, negatively, just hold your ground and everything will work out the way its supposed to be.

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  187. Posted by Sarah on March 29, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I was born and raised in Miami, FL. Attended school from start to finish in one of the roughest parts. I am not black, but only had friends that where due to the school I attended and my neighborhood. I know what it feels like to be discriminated against as a minority. I also know students like the one who made the mistake of, thinking he could be funny by creating a “costume” hood and running around in a disrespectful and distasteful manner. I knew “kids” like these (fake) and have had friends who have been taunted by the real life KKK members in my neighborhood growing up. Burning crosses and hurtful words spoken to great families I knew! There where some bad black folks but there where more good hardworking families trying to make a life.
    It truly is heartbreaking to hear about racial issues in a predominately white high school. I thought we had progressed as a society? Racial tensions are still strong in the south due to how we raise our children and our influences over them. If only the boy who acted in such a childish manner knew what it was like to see events, such as the one he poorly chose to recreate in real life? He may actually have some form of empathy towards a race who had to endure true hardships and pain to be where they are in society.
    I think the boy in this incident made a bad choice in his actions and should be punished accordingly… Maybe not expulsion but taught a lesson he will always remember as he matures through life into adulthood.
    Whatever actions are taken at this school to correct this issue will always be remembered and serve as a reminder to future students, staff, faculty, and state legislators. Utah will be in the spotlight for their decisions regarding this incident… lets not make ourselves out to be a fool. The country is watching us….

    “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
    Nelson Mandela

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  188. Posted by CY on March 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    It is obvious by statements from students at Alta High that racism and ignorance is very much alive and that using “humor” as a shield for racism has transcended the real issue for these students. Bottom line, the kid that wore the hood should be expelled and be held accountable for his actions. It was obviously premeditated and to get a few laughs at the expense of being overtly racist was a poor choice that should have consequences. What exactly is this kids defense? He was trying to be funny? KKK & anything Nazi related is not appropriate in a high school setting. What we see here is victimizing the victim, similar to the horrific experiences rape victims endure when they call out their abusers. “It’s the victims fault right?” Nobody is calling out the student for his actions on this board, the statements made by those who choose to take the low road only validate the attention this is getting and reveal that racism is still a problem. Some of these comments are appauling and the lack of concern from the top from the administration all the way down to the students should prompt community action and awareness.

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  189. Posted by Jeff on March 29, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    It has been enlightening to read the past 300+ posts and getting a feel from a small group of the human family on issues that everyone seems to feel are important. You feel it is important or you wouldn’t have taken the time to write. Even I feel the importance of this moment.

    The comments are varied in opinion. Some are very passionate and dynamic and others are emotionally charged. All of these comments have come from within you because of an incident between two individuals that many of you and I have never met; Larz and Mac.

    Some of you witnessed the incident, many didn’t, however, it is worthwhile to note that because of something you felt strong enough about, each of you stood and took a side. Some of you sided with Larz, some McKay. I would venture to guess that some of your lives have been touched and changed and never will be the same again.

    It is not always easy to take a stand. Harder I imagine among peers or others. It has been expressed many times that this country was built on the framework and ideal of freedom of expression. I applaud all of you who posted for having the passion of expressing your views even with the thought of repercussion.

    Was it right or wrong what happened in a high school gymnasium?

    My point is that something innate, inside of you spoke to your mind and your heart to express your feelings the way you have. What is it that gave you the courage and strength to state your feelings. I imagine that it might well be the first time for some of you to take such a stand. It is truly important and what I would dare say is the key to who you are in finding out where that inner voice comes from? Is it the way you have been raised? Your parents? Peers?

    Understanding who you are and knowing that innate voice is what I believe will be the key to your legacy.

    Larz and Mac, I hope that one day you will be able to reconcile with one another.

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  190. Posted by Kevin on March 29, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Larz,

    Thank you for standing for something. Racism is still a problem regardless the color, religion or location. From what I have read and heard of this incident it was tasteless, inappropriate and clearly out of line.

    The poor kid who was so ignorant as to put on a display wearing the hood and mocking in a racist manner has shamed his name and family as well as the Hawks. I think some officials at the school also did not handle the matter well by not taking clear and assertive action. I feel bad for this kid because of his stupid act, I really do. However, Larz, it’s also important to be careful. The people who have acted stupidly over the bad behavior have hurt themselves more than they have hurt you, I think it’s important to remember this.

    In the end I hope that people learn from this, forgive one another and rebuild a better school and community.

    Unfortunately, showing decency and respect are difficult for some.

    Thanks Larz.

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  191. Posted by A. Lee on March 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Lars, I think it’s great you had the courage to stand out from the crowd and point out an obvious problem, one which the administrators should have immediately dealt with. Just remember that high school is only temporary, so the social repercussions you are experiencing will also be just as temporary. Nevermind your classmates’ ignorant comments and continue to stand up for what’s right. I find it curious, raised as a white Utahn, that the “majority” don’t seem to remember our roots — harassed by mobs without peace for years until our ancestors came here. I am not comparing it to what other ethnicities have had to suffer, but we should have learned from our history to be ashamed of doling out similar treatment to anybody. To those who think it’s blown out of proportion, sometimes that’s what it takes to get results. Hopefully realistic punishments will be made (not just a slap on the wrist) and the perpetrators will learn their lesson before they move on to adulthood in this society.

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  192. Posted by AltaStudent on March 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Seriously Larz?
    Hes not racist, one of his best friends is black, what about that don’t you understand?
    You need to let this go its nothing but a joke.
    How does it offend you still? i can see that it may have offended you when he did it, but he has been apologizing and I’m guessing you haven’t forgiven him.
    Why??? for the attention??
    Its not like he threatened you or did anything like that, so
    TAKE A JOKE, or if your sick of it just leave Alta…..its that simple.

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    • Posted by Tami Casper on March 30, 2011 at 2:26 am

      The person who did this action did not just offend one, he has offended many…

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    • Posted by Meech on March 30, 2011 at 4:58 am

      Im going to come to your house and pretend to have sex with your mom. But dont worry! ITs only a joke! I love moms I even have one!

      I’ll just take her clothes off and joke around with her ok? But its just a joke so you dont have to get mad.

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    • Posted by sam on March 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      the problem with some of you kids who against larz is you never have a grand parent or great grand parent who were killed and tied with a rope and drag on the road until death by the so called KKK. one of the most cruel and shameful part of the history of this country. so this is an education to a lot of you who don’t know about the history of the KKK. so its not a fun thing to joke around with. this is far more than just calling names or poke fun at your race. you guys don’t know hitler and what he did to the jews. so i think u kids need to learn and respect other race. unless you plan to live in your neighborhood all your life you need education on diversity and the joy of knowing and accepting other races in your life. you never know you may end up marrying one.

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  193. Posted by Ellie on March 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Right on, Larz. Keep fighting the good fight, and ignore the assholes and trolls who want to bring you down. Karma’s a bitch. ❤

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  194. Posted by Lori on March 29, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    This post should be removed not because of it’s content but because of all of these horrible comments made. I am so offended that “humans” would speak such harsh and hurtful words to each other. Regardless if this was wrong or not a “big deal” to some people, it is a big deal to someone and it is no one’s place to tell anyone how they should feel or act. We all come from backgrounds and we have all been raised in different situations this is america! He is entitled to his feelings regardless and so are you, but bottom line hurtful words are never appropriate! Yes this was a high school event and perhaps administration should have recognized any wrong doing but yet again we are human and make mistakes. I am truly hurt at these comments and cannot believe any of this is being said. It is not taboo, it is simply inappropriate to creating a working relationship between human’s and their lifestyle’s and choices.

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  195. Posted by richard's gal on March 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I’m so sorry Lars that it still hits so close to home and hurts you so much to see someone in a white pillowcase. I believe, from what I have read, the boy was insensitive – but, did he really know that wearing a white pillowcase would hurt you? I’m sure it was never his intent to do that – at least not until you overreacted then the stupid hormone took over his good sense.
    However, you are so wrong here. He made you feel bad, but what you have altimately done to him, is a crime. For you to cry racism and call him a supporter of the KKK when that is, of course, totally wrong, and 1000 times worse. You have hurt him so much he may never recover. He was stupid, you should accept his apology and give him his life back, and the lives of the administrators. Your father should be ashamed of himself. Instead of being a good example for you, he has taught you a very poor lesson – the lesson that pulls you from the human race and into the black race.
    If you want to do the right thing, accept the young man’s apology – stop going for the jugular…he doesn’t deserve your hate.

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  196. I’m white and grew up in Utah, but I lived on the south side of Chicago for six years before moving back here and it changed my view completely. Utah is way behind on racial issues in general, simply because this place is so homogeneous. I’m glad this incident is getting so much attention. We need some heightened awareness. I don’t care if this kid meant nothing by his actions, it shows complete ignorance and disrespect for black history and racial issues in general.

    Anyone who thinks racism is history, or that everything between races is fine today, is ignorant. There is work to be done on all sides and one of the ways you can help is to study black history, put yourself in their shoes and their parents and grandparents shoes. Their experiences cross generations. A white pillowcase over the head with holes for eyes, even if it wasn’t meant to be a racial message, carries extreme emotional connotations for African-Americans. Grow some respect. Learn the history beyond your pathetic social-studies curriculum. Read “The Race Beat.” Disney can’t do the civil-rights movement justice.

    Larz, hang in there. I think you did the right thing.

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  197. Posted by MABM on March 29, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    I would just like to say as an african american in high school i find it very unfortunate that so many people in Utah have had such bad experiences. I personally have found it to be an amazing place and the majority of my fellow high school students have always been kind and have not discriminated against me due to the color of my skin. Do not get me wrong there are always those few people who choose to be ignorant and rude, but i would hate for all of Utah and Utah high school students to be put into a group as racists because i do not find this to be true at all. The event at Alta high school is very unfortunate and Larz keep up the good work!

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    • Posted by Brandon on March 29, 2011 at 11:52 pm

      It’s really sad because while this is happening between teenagers, there are educators out there (at other schools in Canyons School District) that create unsafe environments for their students. There are teachers that are saying hateful and racist things directly towards students in a classroom setting.

      There are parents and educators who, too, continue this cycle of intolerance.

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  198. Posted by fro on March 29, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    I wouldn’t expect Larz to be treated any other way from people who believe in a fake religion (better know as a cult)that was founded by a con-artist.

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  199. Posted by NUMBA ONE STUNNA on March 30, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Racism is alive and well at alta high school that is for sure. If one examines the many ignorant comments that have been posted you can see this for your self. Alta high school must have a serious problem when it comes to racism. Even if the kid was doing this sort of action as a “joke” he must be punished and aware of what he is doing. He is an adult and their is consequences for his action joke or no joke. For those who are telling larz to “calm down” why should he? Does he not have the write to speak his mind and state his own opinion on his own blog. The only thing out of line is the actions that the student decided to make. I would also like to add that there needs to be a serious investigation against this “RAWHIDE” group. From sources this is either a real person, or a group. RAWHIDE at alta high school needs to be taken care of. WE SEE U RAWHIDE. AND TRUST ME THIS WILL BE TAKING CARE OF AS WELL!! 100 deep who cares. BRING IT. STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS LARZ dont let any of those white boys tell u shit!!!! RAWHIDE IM LOOKIN FOR YALL

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    • Posted by Tami Casper on March 30, 2011 at 3:06 am

      The NAACP should be investigating this if they’re not already. I heard on the new they are involved now.

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  200. Posted by Desi@heart on March 30, 2011 at 3:32 am

    I’m putting this out there for anyone who cares to answer: Did the actions of the student in the hood qualify as hate speech? Do some of the heated and angry insulting posts here on the blog qualify as hate speech? What do you think?
    To MB and Geneiveive: Chances are you guys are far from “pure blooded” With as much ethnic mixing that has taken place in US history even the blondest blue eyed babies could have Hispanic, Black, or Native American ancestors. Considering this you might want to reconsider the attitude you’ve taken on about being “pure”. With all that sort of talk you’re beginning to sound like a Harry Potter villain.
    Even if the hood was meant as a joke I know you guys have been offended by “jokes” in the past, and you ought to know, being in highschool, how hurtful actions and words can be.
    The adage “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me” is a baldfaced lie. Words and actions hurt the spirit and emotions…and those take far longer to heal than any bone or ligament.
    I’m somewhat concerned at the writing prowess, or lack of it, that is being exemplified in the blog comments: to quote C.S. Lewis “What are they teaching children in schools these days?”

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  201. Posted by KD on March 30, 2011 at 4:03 am

    To all those who say the offender may not have realized his actions were offensive: you are part of the problem! This young man knew exactly what he was doing – he wasn’t born yesterday and I am sure, without knowing him, that he has had a government/history class or two by now and was aware of the atrocities committed by the KKK!

    For all of you who say this wasn’t ‘really’ offensive, Lars should just get over it, Lars is making much ado about nothing, etc.: what if someone had worn “LDS temple clothing”? It’s white (the color the offender wore to show his spirit – is it appropriate? What about LDS baptismal clothing? I am sure many would have found either of these highly offensive! P.S. Yes, I am an active LDS member.

    To the people who have posted that Lars should go back to where he came from: you exemplify racism so well and demonstrate that it definitely is alive in the Canyons School District!

    Lars: hang in there. Remember, we need to stand up for what is right more than ever!!

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    • Posted by Jessica Cassity on March 30, 2011 at 4:55 am

      Actually no. No one defends us Mormons so no one would have done anything about it. There’s a considerable amount of hatred, threats, etc.. and probably more than black people these days and the whole world just sits there and mocks us right along with everyone. So don’t even try to say it would be the same out come because it wouldn’t. Mackay did something stupid but it was out of ignorance. None of us understand what racism really is. The fact that he did it shows how un racist he. You really think he would have done if it meant something?? Dont be stupid.

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      • Posted by Meech on March 30, 2011 at 5:52 am

        as stupid as this kid was, you cant be so stupid as to not realize your hurting someone by something so absurd.

        Your stupid to think he wouldn’t have done it otherwise.

      • Posted by KD on March 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm

        Uhh, Jessica, mormons defend mormons every day. Alta is filled with LDS students and faculty and trust me – I guarantee if somebody would have come out in temple clothing, students and faculty would have been in an uproar.

        P.S. As stated previously, I believe the offender has had some history classes and because he plays on sports teams for Alta, I can safely assume he has passed those classes. Thus, ignorance is not an excuse – he knew better.

  202. Posted by wh on March 30, 2011 at 4:20 am

    I am sorry this was your experience at Alta. We have been happy with Alta as a whole. I have a daughter who attends there and told me her perception of the incident. She did not think it was right to dress as KKK, but also thought it was just an ignorant “joke”. We moved here from the Chicago area, where it is MUCH more diverse, and we do hear and see things that are just thoughtlessly said, not just against others of different race, but also about others who are different in religion than the majority religion here. And while that has been our unfortunate experience as well, being a different religion, we do realize that not all people here do or say these things. We have met many good people here, who are not callous to those who are different than them. I hope you will meet many more of those than you do the other. I disagree with how this has been handled by the district, though. This is a great opportunity for learning- a teachable moment being wasted, if you will. Instead of suspending administration, why aren’t they asking those administration and the counselors at Alta to step up and host forums, getting the students to discuss things openly, giving all a chance to be a part of a solution. Perhaps the student who did this should be given the opportunity to apologize to the student body for being callous. From what my daughter has said, many students do not think this was done maliciously, just ignorantly. Just my thoughts.

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  203. Posted by Fuck the so call RAWHIDE clan on March 30, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Mackay is a little bitch and If I see his ass I’m going to fuck him up, and this goes out to the rawhide douche bags.. You claim not to be racist but look at your comments you dumb fucks! Fuck you and mackay you spoiled little bitches. Larz is a badass for standing up for what he believes in, so I say fuck everyone who thinks that this isn’t a big deal.

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    • Posted by Rawhide is a Bitch on March 30, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      Yea Man Fuck Those Hide Bitches hahahhahahahab

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    • Posted by Anomynous on April 1, 2011 at 12:42 am

      You are a fucking retard. Anybody standing up for Larz is only promoting his attitude of milking it. Mackay will whip your ass any day of the week. He’s not a racist, you’re just one dumb motherfucker.

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      • Posted by Brandon on April 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm

        Not very useful to start bragging about who can throw down better than the other. So now it sounds like you want your friend MacKay to start assaulting someone who is supporting a person for standing up against a racially hateful action?

        Doing so would further solidify the media’s notions that students at Alta are racist. If they are willing to support the person who wore a KKK-inspired hood through violence then that shows some serious issues of hate and intolerance.

        By the way, you may want to note that you just threatened someone and may not be taken lightly by others (same goes for the poster you replied to). You are not entirely anonymous as it is possible for authorities to track where you sent your message. Just thought you may want to consider that when you are posting messages on the Internet.

  204. Posted by leah on March 30, 2011 at 5:09 am

    larz honestly i was at the assembly.. he wasnt directing ANYTHING towards you… heres how the spirit bowl goes.. Sophmores wear red, jr. wear white and seniors wear black. Its a huge compititon between the seniors and the jr. he wore the mask directing his attention to the seniors WEARING BLACK NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE BLACK!! come on . i mean ya it passed a line but it could have been handled A LOT differently then putting this kid in soooo much of a mess.. and going to the administration and the news.. how desperate are you for attention.. if anything you could have gone to his house and been like hey ya know this is how i feel blabalabla and it would have never happened again.. now putting alta in the huge mess.. its not only involving you but i cant even go to the bathroom at school without being watched by a cop .. again the kid wasnt even looking at you. i was there! he was looking at the seniors because THEY WERE WEARING BLACK!!!! .. get it right.. why do you have to twist up the whole story? you look like a dumb ass to me for making up this whole thing, im not the only one who feels this way. alta was fine with out you.. and would be better with out you and your drama

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    • Posted by Stacy on April 5, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      How desperate for attention Mackay must obviously be … he – in leah’s words – “passed a line”. But hey, no worries! He knew better but since it was all in fun & games & all, then Larz should not be offended. Mackay didn’t realize that when Larz pulled his hood off & threw it down that was a signal that he was offending Larz. “Larz, you should have just put up with everything that Mackay did & then went over to his house one day & said it bothered you.”

      “Mackay had every right to mock the great racist Hitler & be an idiot. But you had no right to be offended.”

      leah: do you even hear yourself?

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  205. Posted by Mrs. Mauga on March 30, 2011 at 5:32 am

    Good on you Larz for standing up for yourself. I grew up in Sandy and went to Alta. I know how it is.

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  206. Posted by wrong path on March 30, 2011 at 6:32 am

    look yeah it was dumb of him HE KNOWS THAT, today a kid asked u how does this effect u ? u said it makes u feel better about bringing the word out, later asked by the same kid do u know how it effects ALL the students of alta that we have to sit through mindless BS about racism when nobody is legitamately racist at the school! you need to learn that its not a big deal here people arent strongly racist they just want attention he did it to be noticed in a crowd much like u are you think that acting like your life is going into termoil because some kid wanted to be stupid ! your not getting anything out of doing this ! your ruining the time we could be spending learning about actually important things such as highschool curiculum instead of hearing how everyone should feel safe and all that bullshit like nobody cares if there are ppl that are racist in the school thats their choice to feel that way your just aggrivating it more, its just like being bullied you keep showing them that wut they are doing is annoying u chances are theyt are going o keep doing it, grow some balls and realize that life isnt going to be solved by “taking action” your form of action taking is NEGATIVELY effcting thousands of kids that attened AHS instead of u goin “hey man not cool” AND ACCEPTING HIS APPOLOGIES. your have to insist on being ignorant and unforgiving he has openly come out adn said dorry MULTIPLE times. learn to get over the fact that shit happens, thats life. If you feel like your so over whelmed by the “racism” at AHS then maybe you should …leave? i know for a fact there are at least 3 other schools you could get too easily. Just want you to know that if u havent figured it out the majority of the school hates u and not just the white kids its everyones whose reputation has being ruined because you targeted the entire school as “racist” think about it JUST BECAUSE YOU DIDNT LIKE the way the administration handled it AT THE TIME (becuz clearly they’ve “taken action”)poeple could lose their jobs and a kid could have a “hate crime” on his record look everyone gets offended sooner you look on how your actions effect people the sooner you can realize that more people are offened becuz of what u did than just you by wut the kid did. stop going around talking mindless bullshit on how your some tough hard ass who is somehow couragous ? no u left class to tell daddy you were offended by how someone acted… really ? like grow a pair nobody likes a whining bitch.

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  207. Posted by NUMBA ONE STUNNA on March 30, 2011 at 7:46 am

    INVESTIGATE THE RAWHIDE GROUP AT ALTA HIGH SCHOOL. WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUP. SPECIFICALLY BRAD RAWHIDE JOHNSON!!!!!! AGAIN INVESTIGATE THIS RAWHIDE GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL. MANY SOURCES ARE CONFIRMING IT STARTS WITH BRAD RAWHIDE JOHNSON WHO IS A OPEN RACIST TO BLACKS!!!

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    • Posted by Tami Casper on March 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm

      Contact the NAACP with this information. The News stated they are involved and investigating, I’m sure they would be interested.

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  208. Posted by nunez on March 30, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I think everyone learned a big lesson from this especially the Principle, vice principle, and Mckay. As far as Larz, I think he is just soaking up all the glory he is getting for all the comments in his defense. Everyone knows it was a dumb joke, and shouldn’t be joked about but now other people are paying for it, like some of the administration. You have to remember that they still have families to provide for and I think it’s ridiculous reading the blog hearing all those who are strongly backing up Larz. How are we suppose to let these growing teenagers learn from their life mistakes if we don’t forgive and move on? I think there is a lot of harassment going towards Mckay and his family right now that none of you are taking in to account. We have already put our selves in Larz’s shoes, but now I think we all need to take a walk in Mcays shoes and let the situation pass.

    Remember, if you don’t forgive others you receive the same forgiveness from God. were all human and make mistakes! But most of your mistakes get swept under the rug and forgotten about the next day, but when you get others involved in your personal life, it’s harder to get over the mistake you made.

    We need to act like adults now and move on! It’s sad that it takes a 9/11 terrorist attack to humble America and support each other, but even then hate and crime are back in the mix when we get back in the groove of life again.

    Larz I feel sorry for you. I’m sorry you felt like this joke was pointed towards you, but we all know it wasn’t and I’m afraid you know it your self. I don’t want to point fingers at anyone but I think you were in the wrong as well as Mckay was. I read blogs about you beating up and bulling kids your self, so how do you justify your actions?

    There is a lot of hard feelings towards you from many people in your school now, and I don’t think they will be eliminated until you accept the apology given to you many times by Mckay.

    I say Mckay should make a blog in his defense. Keep your head up bro!!

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  209. Posted by Taylor@freshman on March 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I don’t care whose side you’re on. Please stop.

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  210. Posted by Yoly on March 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Seriously trying to make light of such a painful history, is about is dumb as making fun of concentration camps…it’s NOY FUNNY AT ALL. And if you can’t see or understand that, well you just sit back and wait for your turn. See the world is evolving so damn fast right now that groups like this feel they have to come together and try to hang on to what little bit of control they think they are losing. Minorities are not the minorities anymore in this country, they just don’t live in UT so your still able to hang on to your little bubbles. And notice they only pull this shit in the comfort of their own surroundings. They wouldn’t dare pull this outside of their area…trust if you would have brought this shit to Ogden High…playin or not we kick asses and take name later…just saying

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  211. Posted by R on March 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Ok, people, let’s all step back from the issue and examine the evidence and the facts, such as they are. I’ve read all the news stories and only half the posts here, and have concluded that not everyone actually knows everything about what actually happened. What I’m getting from all this chatter is the basic human conundrum that Perception Is Reality. Larz perceives the situation his way, while others see it their way. This is all like trying to nail down subatomic particles that change direction and trajectory depending upon the observer of the phenomenon. I respectfully suggest that we all withhold judgement until all the facts are in and all the crucial evidence is laid out on the legal table for everyone to examine dispassionately. I read comments here regarding rampant racism at Alta High. I also read reports of Larz’ liberal usage of the N-word, as a form of reverse racism, to distinguish himself as an oppressed minority. Many horrid attacks have been levelled at Larz for speaking his mind. And many equally horrid attacks have been aimed at Larz’ obvious enemies. None of this is constructive. There is a backstory here that, upon investigation, will all come out in the wash. Personally, on this blog board, I perceive racism from all ranges of the spectrum, and it makes me highly uncomfortable. There is too much emotionalism and heresay circling this issue. We need to employ the scientific method here and focus on bare-bones facts. This is why we have attorneys, investigative journalism, and jurisprudence. I strongly suspect that everyone involved with the alleged KKK hood incident is coloring reality to suit their own agendae. So, let’s be cool and remain calm. The truth is mighty and shall prevail.

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  212. Posted by BOOM! on March 30, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Alta High= Dumb ass white folk. To the kids that are constantly bashing this kid for coming forward, I can’t wait to start blogs and web pages with false information about you using your i.p. address….

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  213. Posted by Julius on March 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Larz,

    What happened at school was shameful and should not be tolerated. The way that you have portrayed it by adding lies to the story is just as shameful though. You ought to be suspended for your behavior as well. Why not just tell it the way it happened? There was no need to embellish. It was bad, plain and simple. But it was not directed specifically at you, nor were there “hail Hitler” signs given. He NEVER got in your face. I understand why you were offended and I agree with that, but that is no reason to lie about what actually happened.

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  214. Posted by DonneMairi on March 30, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you for having the courage to bring this up for notice and discussion. Too many people find it uncomfortable and refuse to say anything. Silence is a way of condoning an act like this: “Well, no one said it was wrong, so they must be okay with it”. It also reminds people that this isn’t a joke, and the “Gee, I was just kidding” doesn’t mean it’s okay either.

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  215. Posted by Anonymous on March 30, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I am a junior at Alta High School. Mackay wore the hood targeting the color black which represented the seniors’ color at the spirit bowl, not the race. I understand how offensive this was but the truth is, Mackay was just being a dumb ass. He didn’t understand the magnitude of what he was doing, I’m not implying that he isn’t aware of what the KKK or Natzi party stand for. I believe he just didn’t think it through far enough to realize what it looked like from people who don’t know his humor or how they’d react. I think it’s really sad that for whatever reason Larz is milking this incident, Mackay apologized. EVERYONE understands that what Mackay did was wrong, especially him. It was pure ignorance. If the news would stop taking the words from Alta students out of context maybe people would know the truth, which is, Canyons School District does not have a racist problem, nor does Alta High School. At least not anymore then any other public school out there. Thanks to the media’s and individual incessant attempts at getting some unsatisfied pity, the perception of Alta and our school district have been distorted in a fallacious way. It is sad that people cannot handle this maturely. I am embarrassed of the way my school is now portrayed in all of its falsehood. I hope those responsible are happy for unnecessary tarnished reputation of our school.

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  216. Posted by Anonymous on March 30, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I am a junior at Alta High School. Mackay wore the hood targeting the color black which represented the seniors’ color at the spirit bowl, not the race. I understand how offensive this was but the truth is, Mackay was just being a dumb ass. He didn’t understand the magnitude of what he was doing, I’m not implying that he isn’t aware of what the KKK or Natzi party stand for. I believe he just didn’t think it through far enough to realize what it looked like from people who don’t know his humor or how they’d react. I think it’s really sad that for whatever reason Larz is milking this incident, Mackay apologized. EVERYONE understands that what Mackay did was wrong, especially him. It was pure ignorance. If the news would stop taking the words from Alta students out of context maybe people would know the truth, which is, Canyons School District does not have a racist problem, nor does Alta High School. At least not anymore then any other public school out there. Thanks to the media’s and individual incessant attempts at getting some unsatisfied pity, the perception of Alta and our school district have been distorted in a fallacious way. It is sad that people cannot handle this maturely. I am embarrassed of the way my school is now portrayed in all of its falsehood. I hope those responsible are happy for the unnecessary tarnished reputation of our school.

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    • Posted by Stacy on April 5, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      But Larz is not the only one who speaks of racism in this community. I’ve seen many responses both written & video by both sides of the issue.

      Good for Mackay for apologizing. Now, why can’t you and the rest of his supporters take advantage of this opportunity to provide a real lesson to other students in other school districts? That would be the mature way to handle this situation. But the constant defense of his actions is what is truly sad.

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  217. Posted by KB on March 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Let’s see…. This happened at the “Spirit” bowl…he was wearing a white pillow case with holes cut out for eyes….Did anyone ever think he was just trying to be a “spirit”? EVERYONE is discriminated against in one way or another, religion, race, male-bashing, female bashing…etc. It happens and probably won’t ever stop, so we all need to be comfortable with who we are and as long as we are happy with ourselves, it doesn’t matter what others say. And yes, as a white Mormon girl living in another state, I have been the target of some pretty bad harassment. Been there, but it didn’t ruin my life.

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    • Posted by Brandon on April 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      Being a target of discrimination as a minority has different implications and affects than being a part of the majority and being discriminated against. I do apologize that you have had to deal with intolerance in that way; do realize, though, discrimination on the other side is completely different in nature and scope.

      By the way, if the student was trying to be a “spirit” or “ghost” why couldn’t he have worn a sheet as a costume. Obviously this was not a well thought out action.

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      • Posted by KB on April 1, 2011 at 4:36 pm

        Ok, so being told in a classroom, being the only Mormon in that room, that Hitler had the right idea, but it should have been the Mormons instead of the Jews, or when some missionaries were killed in a car accident, being told they were glad it was Mormon missionaries that were killed, is different? Among other things…. Hmmmm.

      • Posted by Brandon on April 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm

        Those are all very deplorable actions. And I am very sad anyone feels that way about Mormons as well as you having to experience that. All I am saying being the target of racial discrimination is different from being one of religious discrimination (one not being better than the other). However, I do not condone either as both are forms of hate.
        If I had your experiences I am quite sure they would have created more room for me to have sympathy for those who have been affected and feel ostracized in this situation at Alta High.

    • Posted by Stacy on April 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      So explain to me what Hitler & the Nazi’s have to do with him being a “spirit”? Please!

      This kid ran around mocking Hitler …. that, in itself, proves racism. It totally discounts the argument that he was ‘representing’ his class color of white.

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  218. Posted by KB on March 31, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Since you’re a CERU, was this just a project for you to get the community talking???

    The Commercialism in Education Research Unit (CERU) conducts research, disseminates information, and helps facilitate dialogue between the education community, policy makers, and the public at large about commercial activities in schools. It is the only national academic research unit dedicated to this topic. CERU is guided by the belief that mixing commercial activities with public education raises fundamental issues of public policy, curriculum content, the proper relationship of educators to the students entrusted to them, and the values that the schools embody.

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    • Posted by Brandon on April 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      Hard to say if that is the real motivation here. This blog spot also has a link to his father’s website that has a myriad of other pages that detail stories and characters from a book being written.

      The book has characters that are called Ceruladons. It’s quite possible that Larz is referring to his father’s book or something else entirely.

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  219. Posted by D on March 31, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Does anyone remember when Prince Harry of the U.K. dressed up as a Nazi at a costume ball? He was just an ignorant little twit with no sense of history – he wasn’t using what brains that were passed out to him. I’ll bet his grandmother (aka HRH) gave him a damned good whacking. I think Lars should get a damned good one from his parents as well and then the subject should be dropped. It’s taken on too great a life.

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  220. Posted by svc on March 31, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Well my kids went to Alta and they hated it! I know some girls that should of gone to Alta went to Jordan instead. My daughter went to Jordan Tech 1/2 the day to stay away from some of those girls who were so mean (have you seen Mean Girls)that is some of the girls at Alta. Which is okay I believe in CARMA! I really think that we need to EDUCATE the parents. The way some of the parents treat others is just shameful. Parents should teach there kids that everyone is equally. Just my thoughts but life is to short and we should all just get alone with each other.

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  221. Posted by joe on March 31, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    I have not read every post but what strikes me is that the real issue is not the teenage behavior but that it was allowed to happen in the first place. The actions were wrong no matter where it occured. I do not know the principle but obviously this behavior was condoned the minute it was not stopped. Lars hold your head high and be proud that you stood up and said something. To many kids laugh on the outside while it eats them away on the inside. To everyone that thinks this is ok I feel bad for you.

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  222. Posted by This is so gay you guys on April 1, 2011 at 12:49 am

    This is a publicity stunt to get his dad’s book to sell and get him his 15 minutes of fame. Larz is a genuine shit bag. That’s not a racist remark, I attend Alta, and because you jackasses have supported this so much, I now have 10 cops patrolling my school at all times. It’s ridiculous. The joke was on the senior class, and it was a play on words saying that the junior, dressed in white, will win the spirit bowl with their “white power.” I agree that wasnt the best way to put it but seriously, sending your story in to 120 news companies, and trying to get Mackay expelled is a real pussy move.

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    • Posted by TGB on April 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      Wow you sound like a real class act. You need to grow up child and understand that this is not about your friend getting in trouble (which he absolutely deserves)this is about the absolute non-grey area of what is right and wrong. One day you will understand that, or not and if not, you will be the genuine “shitbag” as you so eloquently put it. Not worth knowing and certainly not to be trusted by anyone for anything.

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  223. Posted by TGB on April 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    As someone who has lived in Sandy all my life and is married to an Arab-American I can tell you that racism in Sandy is alive and well. I am sure that being black in a mostly (98%) community is no picnic, but try being a part of the culture your country is currently at war with. My wife has been told to go back to her home country (to which she replies Marin County California?) among other jewels of wisdom. I can tell you that the reason it is prevalent is becasue of the attitudes of the parents we have seen in this case. The mother of this child is trying to make it sound like it was no big deal. Parents, teach your kids what the right thing is. Remember that choose the right means to choose what is always right all of the time. Not just what you feel is important to you. FIX THIS PROBLEM, TEACH YOUR KIDS THAT RACISM IS WRONG.

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  224. Posted by KD on April 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Well one thing is really clear: many of the students at Alta High need remedial writing skills and word choice! I am sure the English teachers (not to mention parents) are so proud of those of you with such a limited vocabulary!

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  225. Posted by BxB on April 1, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Wow … I am the father of a son who is attending Alta and another son who graduated from Alta a couple of years ago. After reading the various news accounts, Larz’ descriptions of the event, the hundreds of comments on this blog, and having a discussion with my son who witnessed the entire event … I am honestly “embarrassed” to be a part of the Alta community. So many of you are attacking Larz and his father rather than acknowledging the absolute stupidity, foolishness and insensitivity through the event itself (fully independent of Larz’ comments). And for those of you who are Christian and/or LDS (which I am), you should be truly ashamed. I am so very tempted to transfer my son to another school so that he is not influenced by such false pride, immaturity and bigotry.

    Larz, I have lived in Sandy over the past twenty years with five children who I thought would be earning their high school diploma at Alta. I have always been “proud” of the Hawk mascot, using it often with my kids as a symbol of a gracious and noble being that can see all things with great clarity and focus. Obviously, many many students at Alta have not acted as Hawks, but rather vultures who are weak and filthy scavengers, feeding in groups on the bodies and blood of others who have died long ago. I am SO sorry that you have faced what you have and give my sincerest apology for this absolutely unacceptable experience.

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  226. Posted by KB on April 2, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Referring to a song by Ronnie Dunn (of Brooks and Dunn)

    Let’s say we’re sorry, before it’s too late
    Give forgiveness a chance
    Turn the anger into water, let it slip through our hands.

    We all bleed red, we all taste rain, all fall down, lose our way,
    We all say words we regret, we all cry tears, we all bleed red.

    If we’re fighting, we’re both losing
    We’re just wasting our time.

    Because my scars, they are your scars, and your world is mine.

    Sometimes we’re strong, sometimes we’re weak
    Sometimes we’re hurt and it cuts deep
    We live this life breath to breath
    We’re all the same; we all bleed red.

    Let’s say we’re sorry before it’s too late.

    Larz and McKay, I hope you solve this, and love and understand each other better because of it. I hope you both forgive all the people who have said terrible things about each or you. I hope the Alta community can be strong and overcome this. You both are very young…but I believe this can make you both better people.

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  227. Posted by Alex Peacock on April 2, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I disagree with racism in every form, although im sure everyone can be accused of it at one time or another. There are a lot of stupid people in every culture, but we all need to just get over this. Yes, Larz overreacted, no doubt about it. I go to Alta, and it is not a racist school, and it is ridiculous that one’s folly is now viewed as all of Alta. We all need to get over this, and let it go.

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  228. Posted by Stacy on April 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I couldn’t get past the first 2 comments. They do nothing but prove that racism is alive & cherished today.

    It’s sad and that 2nd comment actually made me nauseated. But I did giggle to myself when I realized that they actually think they can control who their children sleep with …etc.

    Pure bloodline?? There is no such thing. Anyone dumb enough to believe their bloodline is pure is not very intelligent.

    Somehow they are blaming the victim for the aftermath caused by the immature & racist actions of another. Could someone explain to me what Hitler & the Nazi’s have to do with the “white class versus all the other class colors”??? That is the parent’s excuse .. that he was screaming “white power” because it is his class color. Ok .. so why was he mocking Hitler? Ohhhhh because white power & hitler kinda go hand in hand, don’t they? Seems that most racist skinheads that I see in PRISON usually have lots of Swastika’s tattooed all over.

    This kid knows that he was playing with racism. He knows exactly what he was doing.

    Racism is wrong. Long ago we hated the Indians … then the Germans/Irish .. the Russians … then the Jewish .. then the Japanese … then the Blacks .. then the Muslims …

    But we honor the Indians now & are quick to claim American Indian Blood with pride — but we once murdered them just because & we disowned any ‘halfbreeds’ … Same with every other group of ‘people’ who is/was different than us. Just think it all started with Christians killing other Christians in the name of God!

    After we finally realize that Muslims & Blacks are people just like us … and not all Muslims are terrorists … who are we gonna hate next?

    Who are we gonna hate next?

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