Thought racism would be a thing of the past with the new generation of millennials? Think again. Arizona high school students created a firestorm on social media Friday after a photo of them displaying a racial slur on T-shirts was posted online.
The photo shows six students from Desert Vista High School in Ahwatukee forming the n-word with gold letters and symbols on black T-shirts.
The picture was taken the day of the annual panoramic yearbook picture for seniors, when students are allowed to wear pre-approved shirts with lettering or messages. According to NBC News, the offensive configuration of letters and symbols did not appear in the panoramic picture, nor did any faculty member see or approve the display.
Another photo shows a larger group of students wearing similar shirts with a different message, "Best you ever seen class of 2016." A school district spokeswoman said the students took the offensive photo after the official yearbook photo was taken.
Tempe Union High School District found out about the incident Friday and says it has taken swift disciplinary action.
"Words cannot express the outrage," Jill Hanks from the Tempe Union High School District said. "What were they thinking? We had some students that made a really bad decision this morning."
A spokeswoman told 12 News the photo is unacceptable and does not represent the student body or the district. The school's Black Student Union also tweeted out a picture of some of the students, saying the incident does not reflect the beliefs of the student body at large.
After the photo appeared online, Rev. Jarrett Maupin said in a news release that he and other civil rights activists are going to meet with the Tempe Union High School District superintendent to discuss the incident. The release also said that if the parents and students are dissatisfied with the school's and district's response, they may protest.
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