Students at Escondido Union High School in San Diego, California showed their ignorance in a big way, and are now paying the price.
The group of seniors, who are certainly old enough to know better, used lettered T-shirts to spell out hateful, racist, and homophobic slurs. KGTV reported the story after the horribly offensive photo appeared online.
Principal Adriana Lepe-Ramirez released a statement saying in part:
We are a campus that prides itself on inclusion and embraces diversity. We will not tolerate actions that send messages of racism and promote divisiveness.
Parents and guardians of the students involved are being contacted by school administrators, and appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken
We all need to understand the power of our words and actions, and we must take responsibility for the decisions we make each and every day. At Escondido High School we will continue to work every day to build a culture of family and unity across our community.
You can read the full statement below.
Twitter wasn't having one bit of it and came down much harder on the teens.
Wow. The seniors at Escondido High School are beyond stupid. How did they think this prank that was photographed wo… https://t.co/NL0hvRrDt5— Chelsea (@Chelsea)1538259695.0
ESCONDIDO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ARE TRASHHHHHHH. FOH. https://t.co/Y15mXIf6zG— ovomel⁶𓅓 (@ovomel⁶𓅓)1538176862.0
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Very nice, Escondido High School. Very nice. I have a couple of questions, but I will wait. SMFH. https://t.co/zY0vXGjyBW— Marty. (@Marty.)1538256000.0
Escondido High School everyone! Fuck everyone in this picture https://t.co/KfLSkTU2TV— raven baxter (@raven baxter)1538077109.0
People are not buying the "poor decision" excuse.
So the students, who spelled out the work NIGGAR on their T-shirts at a school/student event ‘made a poor decision.… https://t.co/fq7UzjdVO3— Linda Calvin (@Linda Calvin)1538286896.0
@NYCChelseaGirl That’s shameful.— Remi Vallez (@Remi Vallez)1538260333.0
@Atwitisborn @duderibe What the hell is this— Tara Mae (@Tara Mae)1538278490.0
There was also some confusion on who was participating:
@Atwitisborn There's a black guy spelling out the N word. This generation makes no sense.— Dan J (@Dan J)1538275024.0
@SodaJones17 Yeah. That made me really mad.— Marty. (@Marty.)1538298288.0
@NYCChelseaGirl Is that a black kid in the mix?— JustPassinThru (@JustPassinThru)1538351489.0
@holemac1 It looks like it 🤔— Chelsea (@Chelsea)1538352485.0
@sahluwal Doesn’t make sense. There are people if color in the photo of the kids displaying the N word— Deborah Gillespie (@Deborah Gillespie)1538322946.0
@deb_gillespie @sahluwal THE KID IN THE RED SHIRT ISN'T AFRICAN AMERICAN ............. HE;S MEXICAN ............. Y… https://t.co/QecXS7AMMx— HLB (@HLB)1538363889.0
@EnlightenOne97 @sahluwal Yes, I said people of color, that includes brown skin, too. I find it hard to imagine tha… https://t.co/EoLVXqiHcA— Deborah Gillespie (@Deborah Gillespie)1538371131.0
@deb_gillespie @sahluwal Where you from, because where i'm from MEXICANS hate BLACKS just like WHITE SUPREMACISTS— HLB (@HLB)1538371698.0
Regardless of who was involved, this simply had ugly painted all over it.
@sahluwal @Resist___45 They’re parents must be so proud 😡🤬— Laureta M Griffin (@Laureta M Griffin)1538319587.0
@sahluwal @AllResistNews Why would they think that this was funny? It’s not clever. It doesn’t surprise. It doesn’t… https://t.co/iLQJZpnkpB— Mazie's Daisies (@Mazie's Daisies)1538323638.0
@sahluwal I don’t get It? Why would school kids be so racist and homophobic? Who is encouraging them in this behaviour?— lisa (@lisa)1538357257.0
@sahluwal @AllResistNews Sad fools— zizou (@zizou)1538336077.0
@sahluwal @ehscougars This is not acceptable and should not be tolerated at all.— RebukeTrump2020 (@RebukeTrump2020)1538319182.0
@sahluwal @Resist___45 How can hate like this still exist? This is so disgusting.— susan engel (@susan engel)1538321126.0
It is simply sad any way you look at it.