Six students from Desert Vista High School who thought it was funny to wear shirts that spelled out a racial slur have caught the attention of many Americans. The Snapchat post went viral being uploaded to Twitter, and people demanded expulsion and suspended.
these girls got suspended for 5 days when they should've been expelled. they go to desert vista high school pic.twitter.com/q3Q5UKmh04
— my hair is purple (@calerissa) January 22, 2016
The girls were a part of a bigger message seen below, but decided to take a picture spelling out the slur after their senior event:
The High School of the students spoke out in reference to the incident, ABC 15 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.
Since then three students have lost scholarships and there is a petition for their expulsion.
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