Student held racist ‘prom-posal’ sign. Now he’s banned from the prom

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An Ohio high school student won’t be attending his prom – the consequence of a racist “prom-posal” sign. 

Belleville school officials were in disbelief over what they call a racist prom-posal sign now gaining widespread condemnation. 

“To be frank with you, I thought ‘oh my goodness; this is awful,’” said Janice Wyckoff, Superintendent of Clear Fork Valley Local Schools. “Kids need to understand that when you’re celebrating things, it doesn’t give you a pass on using inappropriate racial slurs.”

The Snapchat picture shows a high school student and his intended prom date holding a sign that reads “If I was black I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking you for prom.”

“This is a process. Growing up is a process, and this is one of those moments that’s a teachable moment for this kid. That will last a lifetime,” Wyckoff said.

The superintendent says the student was given a verbal warning about the sign once it became known, but she would not say if further disciplinary action is planned aside from the student will not be attending prom.

“I don’t believe that this is any group-think on the part of the student body. This is one person making a bad decision that’s going to reflect on everybody,” Wyckoff said. “This is actually a terrible day in Clear Fork Valley.”

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