OXON HILL, Md. – An art exhibit has been pulled from the lobby of a Prince George’s County high school after the school received complaints that it was offensive.
Honors students at Oxon Hill High School were given an assignment to create a display that shows what social justice means to them. The exhibit was in the school’s lobby for many weeks. It was taken down on Monday.
The display featured a white police officer reading an obituary section. Next to that was a figure of a black man in a blood-stained shirt with his hands up.
After a picture of the exhibit spread online, some people said it was disrespectful to law enforcement officers. Others did not have a problem with it. There were mixed opinions on the streets Tuesday.
“People, black males in specific, are getting killed off a lot by police and it’s happening more often,” said former student Kiana Harris.
“Was it the right choice to take it down?” FOX 5’s Matt Ackland asked another woman. “I think so. I think so,” she said.
“It’s honestly what the kids think. It’s what they see, man. And it’s pretty much what they feel,” said resident Dwayne Shafer.
Tuesday night, people in support of the display began using the hashtag #donttakeitdown on Twitter.
In a statement, Prince George’s County Public Schools acknowledged that the display has been removed. They said, “While we encourage this type of evaluation, expression and analysis in our school district, we also strive to foster a civil and respectful culture.”