‘If I was black’: School bans teen from prom over racist sign seeking date

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A high school student in Ohio has been banned from his prom after social media images of his attempt to ask out a girl.

In a statement on the matter, Clear Fork Valley Local Schools Superintendent Janice Wyckoff described the sign he made.

“If I was black I’d be picking cotton but I’m white so I’m picking u for prom,” he reportedly wrote.

The superintendent said her initial reaction to the image was, “Oh my goodness this is awful.”

While the unidentified student has shown remorse, Wyckoff said he will be barred from the dance.

“This is a process, growing up is a process, and this is one of those moments that’s a teachable moment for this kid that will last a lifetime,” she added. “Kids need to understand, when you’re celebrating things it doesn’t give you a pass on using inappropriate racial slurs.”

Wyckoff described it as an isolated event “that’s going to reflect on everybody,” calling it a “terrible day” for the community.

It was unclear whether the student will be reprimanded beyond being excluded from the prom.

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