A student asking a classmate to a dance has gone viral for all the wrong reasons.
According to EastIdahoNews.com, a student at Thunder Ridge High School in Idaho invited a classmate to a dance with a poster that read, “If I was Black, I’d be picking cotton … but I’m white, so I’m picking you.” The outlet reports the poster was written by a female student asking a male student to the “Sweetheart Ball.”
The superintendent of Eastern Idaho school district has addressed the issue in a Jan. 11 letter to families and employees. Superintendent Scott Woolstenhulme wrote, “While I will never be able to personally understand how it feels to be a target of racist and bigoted language, I recognize how traumatic such language must be. I am deeply sorry that such an awful remark was connected to our schools. I want to assure our students, families, and staff that the Bonneville Joint School District 93 does not condone or permit racism, intolerance, or discrimination in any form.”
Woolstenhulme also added, “This incident underscores the importance for us to continue to learn about the history of racism, the stories of those who tirelessly worked and sacrificed to help our country overcome its past, and why racist language should never be tolerated.”
The student has not been identified but Woolstenhulme but, according to the Idaho Statesman, the administration spoke to the student and the student’s parents.
It’s unclear who posted the image on social media but students at the high schools have been sharing the image.
It’s unknown if there will be any repercussions for the student.