Racially of­fen­sive “pick­ing cot­ton” sign stirs back­lash

South Florida Times - - NATION -

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida high school stu­dent stirred a back­lash when he held up a sign with a racially of­fen­sive mes­sage to in­vite his girl­friend to the prom.

The Her­ald-Tri­bune re­ports the 18-yearold Riverview High School stu­dent's sign read: “If I was black, I'd be pick­ing cot­ton, but I'm white, so I'm pick­ing u 4 prom.''

Af­ter a photo of the sign was posted on Snapchat and shared across so­cial me­dia, school of­fi­cials say they're in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Sarasota school district spokes­woman Tracey Beeker says ad­min­is­tra­tors have spo­ken to the stu­dent and his par­ents.

In a robo­call to Riverview par­ents, act­ing prin­ci­pal Kathy Wilks said the school does not ``con­done or sup­port'' the stu­dent's mes­sage.

An NAACP of­fi­cial en­cour­aged school ad­min­is­tra­tors to is­sue a district-wide re­sponse mak­ing it clear that the sign was in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

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OF­FEN­SIVE: An 18-year old stu­dent dis­played a racially in­sult­ing sign as a prom in­vi­ta­tion.

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