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Texas School Official Removed Over Book’s White Supremacist Symbol

The Denton school district said in a statement Monday that the publicity generated by Eric Hauser’s work has become a “distraction.”

A Trump supporter holding up a sign reading "Deplorables and Alt-Right Unite," including an image of Pepe the Frog. The cartoon character has become a symbol for white supremacist groups.
At a “March 4 Trump” event, a man holds up a sign reading “Deplorables and Alt-Right Unite,” that features an image of Pepe the Frog. The cartoon character has become a symbol for white supremacist groups.

A Texas school district has removed an assistant principal from his post after he authored a children’s book whose central character is also a white nationalist symbol.

The Denton school district, north of Dallas-Fort Worth, said in a statement Monday that the publicity generated by Eric Hauser’s work has become a “distraction.” He’s being reassigned to an undetermined post.

This summer Hauser self-published “The Adventures of Pepe and Pede,” about a frog and centipede seeking “truth and honesty” against “deceitful forces.”

In the district’s statement, Hauser apologized for the negative attention brought to colleagues.

Pepe the Frog appeared more than a decade ago in an online cartoon and the Anti-Defamation League says the character has been appropriated by white supremacists and other racists in online memes.

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