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Clinch Co. homecoming photos deemed 'offensive', stir controversy

A social media post from one South Georgia high school has created a lot of controversy. (Source: Facebook) A social media post from one South Georgia high school has created a lot of controversy. (Source: Facebook)
Clinch County High posted a photo from homecoming week on its Facebook page. (Source: Facebook) Clinch County High posted a photo from homecoming week on its Facebook page. (Source: Facebook)
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Zy Starks (Source: WALB) Zy Starks (Source: WALB)
CLINCH CO., GA (WALB) -

A social media post from one South Georgia high school has created a lot of controversy.

Clinch County High posted a photo from homecoming week on its Facebook page.

Many parents and students have reached out to WALB regarding the post and wanted answers as to how it happened.

"I feel like they just went to a whole different level," said Zy Starks, Atkinson County High School student.

Tuesday's theme was Destination Day. 

Students at a rival high school in Atkinson County feel that photos posted to the school's Facebook page were very offensive.

A school administrator posted photos of students dressed up in sombreros and holding a sign that said "sending the rebels back to the border".

The Clinch County superintendent said the message was taken out of context.

"The challenge with that language and you don't have the concept of destination and you don't understand the border challenge we have between clinch and Atkinson. That can be thought to the border of, say for instance, Mexico," said Donna Ryan, Clinch County Superintendent.

She said an administrator took the the picture down last night. 

"We learned how something was being perceived and we learned that that was not in line with our goal of promoting culture sensitivity and culture confidence as an organization," said Ryan.

A rivalry some said was taken too far.. 

"I think they never should have posted it on the internet, I feel like it was the right thing to do to take it down but it shouldn't have been posted in the first place," said Starks.

Students at Atkinson County said that at the game this Friday they will hold a sign saying "United as one" and link arms to show their support for all cultures.

As for Clinch County, the superintendent hopes that this can be a learning experience for all students.

"We need to take the feedback that we are receiving so we can grow ourselves," said Ryan.

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