While using shirts with letters to spell out a phrase for a class picture, some girls thought it would be amusing to snap their own “funny” picture by utilizing a few letters from the collective. Much to their surprise, after the picture was posted online, the girls were immediately suspended when teachers saw what their shirts spelled out.
The incident took place at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Arizona, when the senior class set out to take a unique picture. Each student wore a black shirt bearing a single gold letter. When placed together in the correct order, the group’s shirts read, “Best You’ve Ever Seen Class of 2016,” using asterisks to separate the words.
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However, it seems as though a few girls wanted to have a bit of fun and decided to use just a few of those letters to make their own “funny” picture. Sparking a bit of outrage, they posted a picture to Twitter of all 6 girls standing side-by-side, bearing enormous grins, with their shirts spelling out “NI**ER,” utilizing the asterisks as what could be perceived as the censoring of a racial slur.
As one would imagine, not too many people are happy about it, especially school staff and administrators. Although NY Daily News reports that “the school district said it won’t release the details of the disciplinary sentence the girls received,” Phoenix New Times states that “it was rumored to be a five-day suspension.” Principal Christine Barela even went so far as to write a letter to parents expressing the district’s wish to make it “crystal clear that those actions are unacceptable.”
Oddly enough, it seems that the entitled society that we live in these days isn’t satisfied with the response and has even launched a Change.org petition to express their disgust. The creators of the petition declare that “the punishment does not fit the total ignorance and cruelty of the crime” and further demand for the principal to resign. “These expressions of racism will not be tolerated any longer,” the petition concludes.
However, it seems as though many of these outraged members of society were willing to take things a few steps further to fully get their point across. Taking a page out of the typical angry liberal playbook, those with mob mentality are also making threats against the school girls involved.
Since the initial release, Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio has become involved and felt the need to address the public regarding threats personally made to the girls depicted in the photo. “The threats against these young girls is unacceptable,” he wrote in a response on Facebook. “They made a bad mistake as many teenagers do in life. But, any threats against these young women is going to be taken very seriously.”
Unfortunately, there will always be racism, but it’s the job of parents to make sure that it is never viewed as acceptable. That being said, teenagers do stupid things, but to try to ruin a woman’s career because of the choices made by 6 teenage girls is beyond ridiculous. Since the issue here is racism, I can’t help but point out the fact that these are 6 white girls. If these were black girls, would this be getting the same attention? I think we all know the answer to that.
Remember, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Although what these girls did is in poor taste, those making threats are far more in the wrong. Name calling pales in comparison to threatening bodily harm, which really says quite a bit about those acting in such a way.