Students walk out at Homewood-Flossmoor HS after blackface controversy


Hundreds of Homewood-Flossmoor High School students staged a walkout to protest racial postings on social media sites.


Hundreds of students walked out of Homewood-Flossmoor High School Tuesday to protest recent social-media posts reportedly showing a few fellow students in blackface.


Chanting “We want justice!” and “No place for blackface!” hundreds of students filled Kedzie Avenue.


Local police — as well as officers from neighboring Matteson, Park Forest and the Illinois State Police — were on hand, but the protests, which started just after 12 p.m., appeared to be peaceful. Several students — and parents — said the kids who used blackface should be kicked out of school.


“They should be expelled,” said Claudia Bowens, 18, a senior. “That’s unacceptable when they go to a school with a majority of black students.”