Three White students at Waverly High School in Waverly, New York allegedly wore blackface as they parodied the 2009 domestic violence incident between Chris Brown and Rihanna at a pep rally last Friday, according to a CNN iReport.
The incident has been deemed racist and insensitive by many in attendance. The story originated from an ireporter who goes by the handle of mjdishler. His real name is Matt Dishler, a 2006 graduate of the high school.
He was not at the pep rally but heard about it through friends. He also got a photo of the alleged blackface skit via Facebook, according to a producer’s note in the ireport.
According to Dishler’s account, the rally started off well until three White students in blackface performed a skit that satirized Chris Brown’s infamous attack against Rihanna. Faculty, administrators, parents and community leaders were in attendance, but no one stopped the offensive performance, according to the ireport.
“I used to be so proud of where I came from,” Waverly alumna Hannah Van Wie-Desisti is quoted as saying in the report. “Not so much now due to the recent incident. I found it unfathomable that the faculty would not only approve this idea for the skit in the first place, but allow it to go on during the pep rally.”
It is not clear whether Wie-Desisti was at the pep rally or simply interviewed to give her thoughts on what occurred. NewsOne reached out to all of the named sources in the report–including Dishler–but did not get responses by press time.