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Iowa football coach dismisses five students from team after KKK cross-burning photo

CRESTON, Ia. — This is not the way any school district or small town wants to go viral.
But now Creston has no choice but to wrangle with the fallout after five high school students on the football team were photographed wearing white hoods, brandishing a Confederate flag and rifle and standing in front of a burning cross.
The image spread like wildfire across social media and instantly catapulted this Union County seat of 7,800 into the epicenter of our nation’s continuously churning debate on race.
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Two of the school officials at the eye of the storm, high school principal Bill Messerole and Creston/Orient-Macksburg head football coach Brian Morrison, have spent the last two days dealing with the crisis