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Florida student, family apologize for racial 'promposal'

Florida student, family apologize for racial 'promposal'

Following days of social media outrage, the family of a teen whose "promposal" was deemed racist issued an apology through a public relations firm on Monday.

Others hope to ruin Crowley's future over the sign.

Crowley, 18, is a student at Riverview High School who held up a sign asking a date to prom that reads: "If I was black, I'd be picking cotton, but I'm white, so I'm picking you 4 prom".

Once the image made its way to Twitter, online users were aghast by just how utterly ignorant the student's little display was. "Their commitment to our schools is unparalleled and we are fortunate to live and work in a community that supports student success, and challenges us to be more".

Students at Riverview High School don't want riots, and they say this doesn't reflect on the school as a whole.

'Many who saw the post are understandably upset with its contents as well as the subsequent commentary to the post.

Kathy Wilks, principal of Riverview High School, released a statement to concerned parents after the Snap went viral.

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The student will not attend any school activities, including prom or graduation, his family said.

"Our guidance counsellors and administrators are available for any students who wish to speak to someone regarding the issue". Students such as Erin Williams posted to Facebook saying that racism has been a consistent problem at the school and there needs to be some tough discussions to rectify the situation.

"Students have free-speech rights when they're on campus, but they're much greater when they're off-campus", Smith said.

"It shows that racism is still alive and well in our society, and it shows that racism is still alive in my generation and it is something that we as the youth will have to continue to fight against", senior Anton Kernohan told the newspaper.

The school district has not announced whether the student will face any disciplinary action. NAACP's Sarasota chapter president, Trevor Harvey, said that a stern response to this incident is in order.

Confirming to Newsweek that the student does go to Riverview, school district spokesperson Tracey Beeker said the school was investigating the incident and working with organizations to "schedule forums on the topic of race" regarding the proposal.


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