Racist Promposal Condemned by School District; Student Sorry

White schoolboy made racist poster to ask girl to prom

The offensive prom date proposal that went viral Sunday. Metro US has obscured the boy’s face

A picture of a Florida high school student holding a racist prom sign started a social media wildfire after it was posted on Snapchat.

School district spokeswoman Tracey Beeker said the initial response is just a first step in an evolving process to educate the student body. She says this isn't the first time racial incidents have occurred on Riverview's campus.

Students at Riverview High School don't want riots, and they say this doesn't reflect on the school as a whole. "Riverview High School has a wonderful student population and we know our school will use this incident as an opportunity to have productive conversations about respect for one another".

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'I want to sincerely apologise if I have offended anyone with the picture going around.

The statement continued, "We are focused on ensuring that Riverview High School provides a safe and secure environment for all of our students and that all students feel welcome and understand the value that they all bring to our school community. It was a completely joke and it went too far", read the post.

"While our son has apologized himself, on behalf of our family, we wish to also express our most honest apologies for the bad words used in his 'promposal, '" the family said in a statement. "After reading the texts and Snapchats I truly see how I have offended people and Im sorry".

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"You think that this happens in other cities and states, but it's like no, this is happening right in your hometown, in the school that you go to with the boy that you know", Williams said. "As a family, we truly recognize this incident is a very hard but important life lesson and pledge to do all we can to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again".

According to the Herald-Tribune, the school district is investigating the sign and considering disciplinary action.

Anton Kernohan, one of Crowley's classmates, said the sign is proof of a larger issue. The sign was discovered by users who saw the post on his girlfriend's Snapchat. Trevor Harvey of the Sarasota Chapter of the NAACP said the incident itself was extremely upsetting.

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The promposal photo sparked outrage on social media, with some calling for Crowley to be disciplined by the school - and hoping he is banned from attending the prom.

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