A Southern California high school student thought it would be a good idea to include a racial slur in his “promposal” this year — which was then documented on social media.
“You are racist but I would give anything for you to go with me to prom,” the student asked, writing his offer on a sign and capitalizing certain letters to spell out the N-word.
The proposal went viral on Tuesday night — with a picture of the student holding the sign with his prom date began making the rounds on Twitter and Instagram. Students, parents and alumni have all complained about the image and were calling on school officials to do something Wednesday.
Dr. Allan Tyner — principal of Palos Verdes High School, where the teens are students — said officials were investigating the matter and the pair would face “severe consequences.”
“We have been in touch with the identified students and their families to inform them that we are forming a response,” Tyner told parents in an email on Tuesday night, which was obtained by NBC News.
He said school officials would be “meeting with all students, class by class” to “review appropriate behavior and how the use of hurtful racial slurs like the one used on this recent picture posted on social media is unacceptable.”
“I am heartened by the immediate response by our students and families on social media that make it very clear that our community does not support this behavior,” Tyner added.
Palos Verdes police said Wednesday that they, too, launched an investigation after being contacted by numerous people.
“Last night there was a prom posting on social media made by a PV High School student that was racist in nature,” cops said in a statement. “This prompted other people to post responses on social media. It was reported to the PVEPD that one such response appeared to be a threat towards PVHS. After evaluating the post, talking with the PVHS principal, and evaluating the information available, it did not appear to be a credible threat. However, patrol officers took a report and did some workup on the matter. In an attempt to resolve this, the PVEPD detective bureau worked to identify the person making the post. After interviewing the person, it was determined that the person making the post was not intending any violence, rather it was meant as a (inappropriate) joke.”
The promposal marks the second time this month that a high school student has come under fire for using insensitive language to ask someone to prom.
An Ohio teen was forced to skip his ceremony this year after he told a girl, “If I was black I’d be picking cotton. But I’m white so I’m picking U for prom.” A Florida student was punished back in April for using the exact same line.