Punishment could follow racist ‘promposal’

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Officials at Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida are investigating a racial “promposal” that is being circulated on social media. 

The acting principal of Riverview High School, Kathy Wilks, sent a message to students and parents on Monday to “make everyone aware of a student’s social media post that has caused a very concerning situation.”

The post shows a teenager holding a sign that reads, “If I was black I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking u 4 Prom?”

The administration is now investigating the social media post and the parents of the students involved were notified.

Wilks says “appropriate action” will be taken based on the outcome of the investigation.

Guidance counselors and administrators are being made available for students at the school who want to talk about the post.

“We’ve been knowing him since freshman year. I never thought he would say something like that,” said student Nolan Perez.

“I think it was something that he thought was gonna be funny, but its not,” said fellow student Erin Williams.

Sarasota County School officials say they are also working with local and national civic leaders, including the NAACP, to develop a roundtable forum to discuss the issue of race. They say the roundtable will be a district-wide forum. 

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