Bells ISD statement, locals react to racist message in IHOP food

Published: Jan. 1, 2018 at 5:21 PM CST
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This is the image that has sparked controversy throughout Grayson County and beyond. The letters 'KKK' carved out of pancakes at the Sherman IHOP .

Tenasha Ballard told us she was serving a table of Bells High School students on New Year's Eve. When she got back to the table, Ballard said the kids were gone and she found this message in the food left on their table.

"Yea they shouldn't have done it," said former Bells student Chance Cocanougher.

We asked IHOP for surveillance of the incident but they told us they will not be releasing the video.

Bells ISD superintendent Joe Moore sent us a statement saying: "We regret this action was taken by our students. It is in no way reflective of BISD nor the community of Bells. As I understand, it took place at 2:30 a.m. and it was not a school related event nor were the students under BISD supervision in any way. In addition, it is worth noting BISD students are awarded letterman jackets for participation in numerous organizations, not just athletics. Again, we regret this occurred and wish Ms. Ballard the very best."

We went to Bells on New Years Day to find out what locals had to say about it.

"Oh my this is horrible," said a woman who wanted to remain anonymous. "I think it makes the town look bad, really bad, really really bad, horrible."

"It's just, it's just kids doing stupid stuff," said Cocanougher. "Doesn't surprise me at all."

Cocanouhger said while he doesn't think most of the students at Bells ISD are racis, he isn't surprised something like this happened.

"There are kids at Bells that would do it, it doesn't surprise me knowing the kids at the school," Cocanougher said.

"Hope they grow out of it," said the woman. "That's something God will look down on that."

"Just quit being stupid and just do normal stuff," Cocanougher added,

Moore told us the four students involved have stepped forward.

He said the students are in the works of apologizing not only to Ballard, but to the rest of the Sherman IHOP Staff and their fellow students.