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Germantown students being investigated for controversial costume

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Students who dressed in a racially controversial Halloween costume are now being investigated by Germantown Municipal School District.

Viewers sent us pictures of three students at Houston High School dressed in a costume they called "US/Mexico Border." Pictures of the costume were posted to social media.

The costume includes two students dressed as law enforcement agents arresting a third student who was dressed in jeans, a white t-shirt, a sombrero, and a fake mustache. 

WMC Action News 5 alerted Germantown Municipal School District to the existence of the picture. The district said it is now investigating the incident.

"You don't want to do anything that offends anybody, whether what race it is: black, Mexican, Hispanic, Asian,” Larry Wells said.

Wells has a daughter at Houston High School. He doesn’t think racism has a place at school.

"If anybody's offended by it, I don't condone it, you know,” he said. "Whether it's my child or friends or anybody."

Another parent who did not want to be quoted had a different view on the costume. He said if the costume was intended to offend people, it is a problem. However, he thinks the costume was just a joke.

"We live in a different age now,” Houston High senior Diana Wright said.

Wright said she can see both points, but said the fact remains that some people are offended, and the situation extends beyond just the costume.

"Let's say you're applying for a job. Your boss is going to look on your Instagram, Facebook. They can see that,” she said. “I mean, it's open to the world."

Either way, Wells said the kids are old enough to understand how others will view their joke.

He said with kids committing suicide over bullying these days, school is no place to be making offensive jokes. He thinks the school and district should address it.

“Maybe not punished severely,” Wells said. “I say, you know, talk to them and let them know that can be offensive."

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