Apparently, members of the senior class of Desert Vista High School in Ahwatukee, a neighborhood of Phoenix, took a photo earlier that day for the yearbook spelling out “Best*You’ve*Ever*Seen*Class*of*2016.” Six of them got together later with the bright idea of standing together to spell out the n-word. Somehow the photo found its way to Instagram.
From ABC News:
The Rev. Jarrett Maupin and other Phoenix-area civil rights activists met Monday with district officials over the photo.
Tempe Union High School District officials declined to discuss possible punishment for the students.
“We have an opportunity as a community to face this together and address it and to say there’s no place whatsoever for any type of racial slur or racial prejudice in our community and in our state and in our nation,” Dr. Kenneth Baca, superintendent of Tempe Union, said at a news conference.
“We are outraged, we are saddened, but most importantly, we want to ensure that this never happens again,” Baca added. “It’s a learning process about what a word can do to a community.”
Dr. Anna Battle, assistant superintendent of district operations for the school district, said the offensive photo resulted from a game of “human Scrabble” after seniors gathered for a panoramic photo with the message “Best You’ve Seen Class of 2016” with an asterisk between each word.
One of the students then decided to create the offensive word as a joke one of their boyfriends, according to Battle.
A student posted the photo on Snapchat, and then: “Uh, oh too late,” Battle said. “Social media takes it and goes.”
Battle said the students were “exceptionally remorseful.”
The incident that occurred today at Desert Vista High School does not reflect the beliefs of the student body! pic.twitter.com/WkOQpkqtaN
— DV BSU (@dvhs_bsu) January 22, 2016
A Change.org petition began circulating Friday calling for the students’ expulsion as well as the firing of the school’s principal. As of Saturday morning, the petition had more than 5,500 signatures.
Check out the video report:
H/T: ABC News
Watching this has struck a cord in me that I rarely ever go. These girls are not dumb or slow. They developed this plan and thought it would be a great gag, and they would get some publicity out of it. I would oblige but what would you do? Share your comments below on possible punishment.