BELLVILLE, Ohio – A Richland County student will not be attending prom after his school district deemed a sign used during his promposal used racist language.
“To be frank with you I thought, ‘Oh my goodness this is awful,'” said Janice Wyckoff, the superintendent at Clear Fork Valley Local Schools.
A picture Wyckoff said the student shared on social media states, “If I was black I’d be picking cotton but I’m white so I’m picking u for prom.”
FOX 8 is not identifying the student in the picture. The student is seen holding the sign with his intended prom date. Wyckoff stated she was not clear if he is a junior or senior. The girl pictured is not a student in the district.
The promposal occurred off school property, according to the superintendent.
“Kids need to understand, when you’re celebrating things it doesn’t give you a pass on using inappropriate racial slurs,” said Wyckoff.
Wyckoff said the district of about 1,700 students is disappointed in the situation, however the student body as a whole should not be defined by the actions of one student. She added the student is remorseful, has deleted the social media post and learned the power of his words.
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