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Florida high school investigating racial 'promposal'

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) - - Officials at Riverview High School in Sarasota are investigating a racial "promposal" that is being circulated on social media. 

The acting principal of Riverview High School, Kathy Wilks, sent a message to students and parents on Monday to "make everyone aware of a student's social media post that has caused a very concerning situation."

Several News Channel 8 viewers reached out to us on Monday about the picture. It shows a teenager holding a sign that reads, "If I was black I'd be picking cotton, but I'm white so I'm picking u 4 Prom?"

 

According to Wilks, the student seen in the photo is a senior at Riverview who was asking another student to prom.

"It was racial in nature and administration became aware of it last night," Wilks said in her message. "Many who saw the post are understandably upset with its contents as well as the subsequent commentary to the post. Riverview High School absolutely does not condone or support the message conveyed in this post."

The administration is now investigating the social media post and the parents of the students involved were notified. Wilks says "appropriate action" will be taken based on the outcome of the investigation.

"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," Wilks' message said. 

"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," she added. "We look forward to the start of a new week and know that together, we will demonstrate our pride in the spirit of our school through caring for each other."

A spokeswoman for Sarasota County Schools says a statement and update will be released later Monday.

Guidance counselors and administrators are being made available for students at the school who want to talk about the post.


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