Comal ISD says viral, racially charged photo is fake

Image goes viral ahead of Judson, Smithson Valley game

SAN ANTONIO – An image that appears to show Smithson Valley High School football players with profane and racist comments is fake, Comal ISD officials said.

Steve Stanford, executive director of communications at Comal ISD, said the image "looks like it was doctored by someone else."

"We're just very concerned that someone may have taken and doctored an image that was posted in good faith," he said. "It is very concerning."

The district learned about the image this morning, Stanford said, and then identified the students in the photo.

The students presented the original photo, which did not include the words "f*** them n******" and "f*** Judson," Stanford said.

Judson ISD communications director Steve Linscomb said both districts have remained in contact as they trace the origins of the doctored image.

"(Comal ISD) made it very clear that they are investigating it to the fullest," he said, adding the photo "could be from anyone."

The photo began to circulate Thursday ahead of tonight's football game between Judson and Smithson Valley at Rutledge Stadium.

Linscomb said the Judson ISD police department may bring in more officers for the game given the nature of the situation.

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