Michigan high school faces backlash for racist prom proposal

VERMONTVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan superintendent says racism won’t be tolerated after a photo surfaced of a high school student asking another student to prom with a racially offensive sign.

Maple Valley High School in Vermontville Township is facing backlash for the photo on Instagram. It shows two students holding a sign that reads, “If I was black id be picking cotton … but im white so im picking you for prom?”

The same statement was used on prom signs in Florida and Missouri that also triggered backlash.

Records show the Michigan district has six black students, which amounts to less than 0.5 percent of the student body.

Superintendent Michelle Falcon issued a statement Monday saying the district is taking “appropriate action” but couldn’t publicly detail consequences the students could face. Their names haven’t been released.

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  • C

    Chastise an entire school because of the asinine actions of a single student. That’s the liberals’ idea of fairness in our country these days. Their logic? Must be that if one student says something, there must be others that feel the same way.

  • Common cents

    The student is protected by his first amendment rights to free speech whether the principal likes it or not. If this didn’t happen at school then there isn’t crap the principal or school board can legally do.