A Florida teen went viral on Wednesday after a photo of him holding a racist sign he used to ask a girl out to prom circulated on Twitter. 18-year-old Noah Crowley’s “promposal” sign read: “If I was black, I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking u 4 prom.”
YIKES. It seems like teens can’t make it through one prom season without pulling some racist crap like this. A similar sign surfaced last year, with three girls holding a sign that read “You may be picking cotton but we’re picking you to go to PROM with us.”
Crowley’s girlfriend took a photo of the sign for her Snapchat and added two ‘heart-eye’ emojis. Of course, people were outraged by this ignorant little stunt and said as much on Twitter.
Others pointed out that his girlfriend doesn’t seem any better.
The school has condemned the sign, but so far, no disciplinary action has been taken against the teen. “Many who saw the post are understandably upset with its contents, as well as the subsequent commentary to the post,” Riverview acting principal Kathy Wilks said in a letter to parents. “Riverview High School absolutely does not condone or support the message conveyed in this post.”
Crowley also came forward with an apology. “I want to sincerely apologize if I have offended anyone with the picture going around. That was not my intention,” he wrote in a post online, according to local station WTSP. “It was a completely joke and it went too far. After reading the texts and Snapchats, I truly see how I have offended people and I’m sorry."