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Officials at Penn-Trafford High School in Harrison City, Pennsylvania are scrambling to explain why students in the school’s audio-visual department created a “racist” training video for school shootings.
Controversy erupted in the community after students involved with the project posted the video to Facebook, where folks raged over the shooter in the video wearing a scarf on his head, which some alleged was meant to depict the shooter as Muslim, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Members of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh were “appalled and saddened” by the video, board secretary Elaine Linn said.
“To stereotype the shooter is appalling given the data on active shooters and the recent shootings at the Tree of Life and Christ Church,” she wrote in an email to the Post-Gazette. “The action of Penn-Trafford puts our community of over 10,000 Muslims in the greater Pittsburgh area in great harm.”
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Many others raged online or in the media, including Harrison City resident Jim Atkins.
“It shouldn’t be profiling somebody like that,” he told CBS Pittsburgh.
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“I just thought that maybe they could have used a normal person not to offend anyone. Like, you could have used anyone. You didn’t have to dress him up,” Penn-Trafford junior Trinity Garbacz said. “I could’ve done it, you could’ve done it. It doesn’t have to be a certain religion or race or anything like that.”
School officials explained in a statement that the video wasn’t intended to convey the shooter as any certain religion or race or anything like that. But folks were offended nonetheless.
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