FL Student Facing Heat For Racially-Offensive Prom Poster


A Florida high school student is facing consequences after authorities say he held up a sign with a racially offensive message to ask his girlfriend to the prom.

The 18-year-old Riverview High School (in Sarasota) student's sign read: "If I was black, I'd be picking cotton, but I'm white, so I'm picking u 4 prom."

A photo of the sign was posted on Snapchat and shared across social media.

Sarasota school district spokeswoman Tracey Beeker says administrators have spoken to the student and his parents.

In a robocall to Riverview parents, acting principal Kathy Wilks said the school does not "condone or support" the student's message. An NAACP official encouraged school administrators to issue a district-wide response making it clear that the sign was inappropriate.

Officials say the school board continues to investigate. 


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