A group of high school seniors from Phoenix, Ariz. were suspended for spelling out a racial slur and posting it online.
ABC15 Arizona reports six high school seniors from Desert Vista High School were seen in a photo spelling out “n-gger.” The photo was taken on the popular social media app Snapchat and posted to Twitter, where it went viral on Friday.
The teens were taking part in Senior Picture Day, where the girls were a part of a bigger message spelling out, “BEST*YOU’VE*EVER*SEEN*CLASS*OF*2016.”
Soon after the photo went viral, the school issued a statement on Twitter and sent letters home with students.
ABC15 Arizona reports:
Jill Hanks, executive director of community relations for Tempe Union High School District, said in an emailed statement, “We are absolutely aware and outraged by this behavior. The students will be disciplined in accordance with district policy and while we don’t discuss specific discipline I can tell you that will be addressing the obvious need for sensitivity training in this case.”
The letter reads:
We want to let you know we share your outrage and disappointment over the actions of a handful of our students today. We want to make it crystal clear those actions are unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Desert Vista. Those actions do not represent who we are as a campus. We can assure you we will discipline these students in accordance with district policy and our student handbook. While we don’t discuss individual discipline, we can tell you that in addition, the obvious need for sensitivity training will be addressed.
Three of the teens reportedly lost scholarships and all were placed on suspension.
A change.org petition has been created to request expulsion for the teens.
SOURCE: ABC15 Arizona | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform | PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter
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1. President Barack Obama arrives in the presidential limo on Capitol Hill for the final State of the Union address.
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2. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Paul Ryan greet at President Obama's final State of the Union address.
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3. Kim Davis gives a poker face prior to Obama's arrival at Capitol Hill.
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4. Bernie Sanders was just one of the presidential candidates at the SOTU address. The Vermont Senator was also present at the Joint Session of Congress prior to the event.
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5. Biden greets civil rights leader and US representative John Lewis as they wait for the president.
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6. Biden gives one last classic greeting to fellow politicians on Capitol Hill.
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8. First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden greet the crowd before the State of the Union address.
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9. The first lady looked ravishing at her husband's State of the Union address.
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10. President Barack Obama arrives at Capitol Hill for his eight and final State of the Union address.
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11. US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Capitol Hill for President Obama's final State of the Union address.
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12. Obama shared his final State of the Union address with Paul Ryan, the new speaker of the house.
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13. Two nuns from The Little Sisters of the Poor arrive clap for the president upon his arrival. The sisters were invited by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
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14. Always in president's corner, Joe Biden gives Obama a standing ovation at his final State of the Union address.
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15. We'll miss you President Obama!
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