Another high school student in Saint Charles, Missouri went viral for his offensive prom proposal that may have been inspired by a racist act conducted at Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida earlier this week.
The Missouri teen was captured on social media holding a sign with the writing, “If I was Black I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking you 4 prom?,” St. Louis station KSKD reported.
However, a similar situation occurred in Sarasota, Florida by 18-year-old Noah Crowley, who asked his date to prom with a banner reading the exact same words. The teen went viral on the internet and sparked outrage among many of his peers. Riverview High made the decision to ban Crowley from school activities for the remaining of the year.
Missouri’s Francis Howell School District learned about the copied racial promposal done by the Saint Charles teen through a social media post on Wednesday (Apr. 25), according to the news source. The school district said they’re not allowed to speak on the repercussions of the student due to “FHSD Code of Student Conduct” but released the following statement:
“This afternoon building administrators at Francis Howell High School were made aware of an inappropriate student post on social media. The post copied the wording of a racist ‘promposal’ in Florida that went viral over the weekend,” the statement read.
“The incident is being investigated, and while the District cannot share information about the discipline of specific students, any student that uses demeaning speech and language will receive consequences in accordance with the FHSD Code of Student Conduct.The Francis Howell School District and Francis Howell High School work to promote inclusion, acceptance, and equality for all students and staff. Any students or staff members that need help processing their emotions after this incident will be able to talk with school and/or educational support counselors at the high school.”