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Peaceful protests at Coatesville after race-related incident

CALN TWP., Pa. - Hundreds of Coatesville High School students and some staff members gathered outside Friday morning in response to the race-related incidents hoping to send the message that love is stronger than hate.

The district is investigating after a photo surfaced on social media of current and former students posing with pumpkins carved with racist symbols. One pumpkin had a swastika design and the other with the letters KKK.

The picture comes on the heels of another incident where a black baby doll was found earlier this month hanging in a school locker with a tie around its neck. At the rally for unity Friday, students stood together in a semi-circle, some linking arms.

Students said the protest was peaceful and a way to take a stand against racism. 

"I give them the most respect for standing out there, standing up for what's right and what they believe in," said student Weston Kinney.

The Coatesville superintendent says the district "will exercise its full authority" to send a message that the picture and carvings are not acceptable.


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