Monday, 22 October, 2018

Florida high schooler may be disciplined over racist prom proposal

White schoolboy made racist poster to ask girl to prom The offensive prom date proposal that went viral Sunday. Metro US has obscured the boy’s face
Ellis Copeland | 25 April, 2018, 03:45

The following students were given monetary awards for their outstanding commitment to the community: Juliette Daddario, Venice High School, Lilly Kaighin Service Award; Serena Orduno, Sarasota High School, Bette Woodson Service Award; Lia Vangellow, Riverview High School, Teeja Service through the Arts Award; Litha Martinez, Suncoast Technical College, Newtown, Freeman Orthodontics Inspiration Award; Andrew Lakey, Suncoast Polytechnical High School, Freeman Orthodontics Inspiration Award.

Riverview senior Anton Kernohan told the Herald Tribune that students at the school were "disgusted" by the sign'.

Noah Crowley from Riverview High School in Sarasota wrote on a large white placard: 'If I was black I'd be picking cotton, but I'm white so I'm picking u 4 prom?' It's prompted dozens of responses online, with some calling for the students involved not to be allowed to go to the prom.

A Sarasota school is investigating and social media is fuming after a prom invitation with a racist message went viral, according to reports.

The school district has not announced whether he will face any disciplinary action.

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A picture of the student and the sign soon began circulating on social media Sunday night.

"I want to sincerely apologize if I have offended anyone with the picture going around", he said in a statement. Anyone who knows me or ***** [edited by 10News] knows that that's not how we truly feel. He called the promposal sign a joke that went too far and said he didn't mean to hurt anyone.

Outrage grew as an image of the poster made its way through the social-media ecosystem: screen grabbed from Snapchat and reposted to Twitter.

Senior Erin Williams, who didn't think it was amusing, posted a picture of the student's promposal on Facebook. She said that "many" people are "understandably upset with [Crowley's post] contents".

The message also said that the student's parents were made aware of the incident and that guidance counselors would be on hand to speak with students about the issue. "Riverview High School has a wonderful student population and we know our school will use this incident as an opportunity to have productive conversations about respect for one another", Wilks' statement continued.

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