LAHOMA, Okla. — The mayor of a small town in Oklahoma says she’s sorry after her husband and some of his friends dressed in Ku Klux Klan costumes for Halloween.
According to KOCO Cary Sharp, husband of Lahoma, Okla., mayor Theresa Sharp, was one of a few men who dressed in KKK gear, intimidating trick-or-treaters on Halloween.
Pictures circulated on social media of four men appearing to burn a cross. At least two of the men were seen wearing KKK robes and hoods.
Facebook user Alfred Baldwin III shared a photo of the incident, writing in the caption, “Please don’t tell me racism is dead!”
“I don’t know what else to say other than I’m sorry to the community and I’m sorry to the public,” Theresa Sharp told KOCO. She had initially shrugged off the controversy as a “prank gone bad,” according to Enid News, and said she was nowhere near her property when it occurred.
Cary Sharp was less than apologetic, saying, ““This is ridiculous, really; it was a Halloween night,” KFOR reported. He insisted that though the pictures seemed to show a burning cross, it was an illusion.
“There was no cross that burned,” Cary Sharp told KFOR. “It was held behind the fire to look like it was burning, but there was no fire. The pictures we’ve seen claimed they were burning one, but there was not one burnt.”
Cary Sharp later admitted to KOCO the act was a “very poor decision,” adding, “I truly apologize to everybody for this.”
Garfield County sheriff Jerry Niles posted to his Facebook page, saying the incident was “unacceptable” but that no crime had been committed.
Lahoma, Okla., is a town of roughly 600 people about 100 miles from Oklahoma City.