KKK-Related Images Were Briefly Posted On A Damascus High School Review Page

by MCS Staff

Earlier this week, on Monday evening, multiple people on social media shared screenshots of KKK-related images that were posted on the review page for Damascus High School on Apple Maps. A search for the high school leads you to a page that allows users to read and write reviews for the searched location. In this case, a user uploaded the hate symbols under the reviews, which Apple pulls from Yelp.

In a message to the Damascus community, principal Kevin Yates wrote, “I was informed yesterday afternoon that an Internet app brings up hate symbols when Damascus High School is entered. I alerted MCPS Security and our Technology Specialists and was advised to go to the app and report the images as hate symbols and request that they be removed.” The symbols were removed less than 24 hours later.

According to a Washington Post report, “Other schools in Montgomery County Public Schools — such as Magruder High School, Northwest High School and Wheaton High School — have been inundated with images on Yelp that had nothing to do with the schools, including of screenshots of tweets about the game “Among Us” and other Internet memes.” Images can be flagged and reported for violating policies, which will lead to removal of any inappropriate images and the closure of the account that was responsible for posting them.

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