Parents in Palmdale, California, are calling for a principal and several teachers to be fired after a photo surfaced showing them laughing, smiling, and posing with a noose that was reportedly discovered on campus.

Principal Linda Brandt, who heads Summerwind Elementary School in the Los Angeles suburb of Palmdale, California, reportedly shared the photo in an email blast to staff, along with a separate photo of the noose hanging in an office, an unnamed teacher told FOX 11.

One photo showed the noose hanging up in an office and the other showed four teachers posed with the noose, laughing, smiling, and pointing at it. Brandts allegedly took the photos herself.

While the student body at Summerwind is about two-thirds black and Latino, the teaching staff does not reflect the population being served.

Michelle Lemaire, a teacher at the school, told Fox 11 that there are only a few black teachers at the school and the lack of teachers of color is a big issue that is not being addressed.

Breyon Clemmons, a mother who has put one daughter through Summerwind and now has a younger daughter attending, told the news station that racism is prevalent at the school and she has had to address it a number of times with teachers.

“We want her gone from this school and that’s just it,” angry parent Darrin Harper told the station after seeing the picture. “We want her out of here. I do personally! Because I know what she about. The pictures prove it, that’s what she about and that’s what she allow to go on. So she need to go.”

Harper argued the image proved Brandt “hates them little black babies … all them minorities.”

Palmdale School District Superintendent Raul Maldonado addressed the incident in a statement Thursday.

“This afternoon it’s been brought to the Palmdale School District’s attention that an incident involving the discovery of a noose and possibly inappropriate responses to that discovery occurred at Summerwind Elementary School,” it read. “The Principal has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of the matter.”

According to FOX 11, Brandt is in consideration to become the district’s next superintendent.

Watch the video report below for more details:

Sources: AWM, FOX 11.

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