Racist School Play Cancelled After This Happens

Published On March 31, 2017 | By patrice | The latest posts

Amid some obvious controversy, New Prague High School has now chosen to cancel their spring performance play.

The production in question, which was Larry Shue’s 1984 comedy ‘The Foreigner,’ is allegedly about a man who pretends that he can speak English in rural Georgia. This play involves a brief presence of the KKK, which is among many of the town scandals that the main character is able to uncover.

The play came to a halt after one student posted a screenshot of the other students dressed in the KKK robing.

The school principal has since told their local newspaper that they’d been aware of the image, “and the insensitive nature of this post.”

This spring play, which was first scheduled to be presented on Friday and Saturday, has since been canceled because of the screenshot that has gone viral.

“We feel it is in the best interest of New Prague Area Schools to not present the show this weekend,” Principal Lonnie Seifert told the New Prague Times. “This situation will also allow us the opportunity to have conversations with our students, staff and community as we continue to develop and model our character traits of acceptance and respect for all students within New Prague Area Schools.”

The play’s director, Ben Thiethe,  explained that the cancellation “was a unanimous decision made by school administration and myself.”

“The play has a positive message of acceptance and celebration of differences,” he said, “however, if it also causes stress to a portion of our student body, the point of performing it has been lost. The well-being of our students is the main concern. I take full responsibility in not doing a better job of communicating this message with students from the beginning.”

“Is it disappointing? Yes, I’m disappointed for the kids that invested so much time in the play and performing,” said Seifert. “But I think we also need to look at the big picture of our students and I’m disappointed some of our students had to go through the feelings that they went through seeing that (social media) post.”

So, what are your thoughts on this news? Do you think they should have cancelled the play? Or do you believe that people are just being a little too sensitive?

Comment below and tell us what you’re thinking.



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