KU cheer squad members suspended following racist Snapchat post

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KSNT) – Just two months after a post on Snapchat caused controversy at Kansas State University, the University of Kansas is dealing with a similar issue.

A University of Kansas cheerleader and three members of the school’s spirit squad are suspended from cheering after a photo linking the Ku Klux Klan with President-elect Donald Trump was posted on the cheerleader’s Snapchat account.

A picture was posted to Twitter from Lilli Gagin on Snapchat.  As you can see the picture shows three men lined up in holiday sweaters with a K on the front, with the text KKK Go Trump.

Lilli is on the KU Cheer team. KU Athletics responded to the woman who posted the picture with concerns, saying on Twitter: “Unacceptable. She is suspended from cheering pending formal investigation. This behavior won’t be tolerated. Will be dealt with appropriately.”

Lilli has since posted on Twitter saying I’m appalled that a Snapchat was put out on my Snapchat and posted on my account. I would never of done that & I apologize that it happened.”

The woman who posted the Snapchat to Twitter writes “PSA being playfully racist doesn’t make it any less racist.”

Reaction on Twitter has been in no short supply.  One user writes “now where are the apologies from those boys?” referencing the three young men pictured in the Snapchat post.

KSNT News will continue to follow this story as it unfolds.

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