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By Elisha Fieldstadt
Two students at a Southern California high school will face "serious consequences" after a photo of those holding up a racist "promposal" sign. A photo of the sign gave rise to concerns among students, former students and parents on social media.
The main college of Palos Verdes, Allan Tyner, said in a statement Wednesday that he would "meet with all students, class through the class" to "review appropriate behavior and how the use of harmful racial leaflets like that used on this latest image as published on social media is unacceptable. "
The image, which was shared by several upset Instagram and Twitter users, shows two teenagers who are doing a character with one of the student's names, followed by" you're furious but I would give something for you to join me to prom. " Some letters in the name and meaning were capitalized and bold to spell the N-word.
Tyner called the "slang term for African Americans" in an email sent to parents Tuesday night received by NBC News.
"We have been in contact with the identified students and their families to inform them that we are forming a response and anticipating severe consequences," says the e-mail.
"I am the heart of the immediate response of our students and families on social media that make it very clear that our society does not support this behavior "Tyner added.
He said school officials examined who took the picture and if someone else was present when the photo was taken. NBC News has suddit out faces of The students and letters spell out
It is unclear who originally posted the photo online Ava McCoy, 14, who is a beginner at Palos Verdes High School, told NBC News that none of the students in the photo sent it to any of their social media.
"I think the character is very offensive and extremely damaging to a person of color," McCoy said. "I think this behavior is unacceptable and students na need to be educated on the subject. "
Police Department Palos Verdes said in a tweet that the department would have an increased presence in district schools on Wednesday" because of the latest social media. "
Palos Verdes High Schools prom is scheduled for Saturday. The theme is" the wish of a star. "
About 2 percent of the residents of the city of Los Angeles County are black, according to the latest census data.
This is Not the first time students who share images of racial prom suggestion signs on social media. Last year, a Florida student posted a photo of him with a sign saying that "If I were black I would pick cotton, but I'm white so I picks you 4 prom? "
Pictures of students in Ohio, New York and Texas holding similar characters have made headlines this year.