(WTVM) - Halloween is over, but the controversy surrounding a child's costume in Craigsville, Va. is lingering after a 7-year-old boy dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
It's causing a stir in the town -- and his mother is defending the costume.
Jessica Black says dressing as a KKK member for Halloween is a family tradition.
Her brother did it when he was in kindergarten and again when he was 13. When her son, Jackson, asked her if he could also dress as a member of the white supremacist group, she made him the costume.
"I did tell him that if you do it, you know there's going to be people talking about you, there's going to be people saying bad things about you when you do wear it," said Jessica.
Neighbors say they were shocked when they saw the boy's costume. One neighbor says it's really sad an innocent child is being taught that.
But Jackson's mom maintains there is nothing wrong with the costume or the KKK, which she says still exists in Craigsville.