The Orange County Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution condemning the presence of hate groups on the streets of Hillsborough at its work session on Sept. 23.
The resolution refers to the Ku Klux Klan demonstration that took place on Aug. 24 in front of the Hillsborough courthouse. It received national attention after North Carolina Rep. Graig Meyer posted photos on Twitter, which presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke responded to.
The Board of Education Vice Chair, Tony McKnight, read the resolution to the board and community at the meeting on Monday prior to the vote.
"Therefore, be it resolved that the Orange County Schools Board of Education strongly oppose the activities of the Ku Klux Klan, reject white nationalists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis, and we urge the Orange County Schools community to continue to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people," the resolution read.
Being a diverse school system comprised of around 44 percent non-white students, including Asian, Black and Hispanic, the resolution stated that the group’s actions made many members of the school system community feel threatened.
“Orange County Schools prides itself on being a diverse school system,” the resolution stated. “We support the personal identities of all our schools' staff and students and strives to uplift the dignity of all of the people we serve.”