Six white high school students from Alabama are facing serious backlash after they were captured standing on a black student during a school theme day.
According to Indy100, on a school theme day called 'Dallas Day,' the seven students posted the offensive image in question, seen below, with the caption, "We got us one."
Six White high school students in Moody, Alabama are being accused of racism after posting a picture of them standi… https://t.co/QLtChPeY1f— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONY MAGAZINE) 1537364640.0
Immediately, the internet began responding, noting the tone deaf insensitivity of the photo.
This is moody highschool. All I can say is that this is disgusting. joke or not. Y’all claim not to be racist but w… https://t.co/AlWs3rb3OL— Cassssss (@Cassssss) 1537133478.0
@EBONYMag WTH is wrong with the black student who would allow them to stand on him?— JustAnotherResister (@JustAnotherResister) 1537366260.0
@EBONYMag https://t.co/vctAfIuJTw— Rachelle Armstrong (@Rachelle Armstrong) 1537372251.0
The students, have come forward and they say that the photo was intended to be "making fun of racist people."
"If I could go back, I wouldn't have took the picture," said Austin Glass, the boy in the maroon shirt. "I probably wouldn't have even dressed up for that day."
Nick Fuller, the black student, said: "I'm thinking about it now, but I didn't think about it when we first took the photos. I'd still like to say sorry again for anyone I offended."
@EBONYMag What closet did the parents of the young black boy raise him in? What made him think this was ok? Did the… https://t.co/Wjp2q6KMQ8— Mellimel💋 (@Mellimel💋) 1537384451.0
@EBONYMag To “my son’s black friend nick” It’s NOT ok to be stepped on by anyone... It’s NOT ok to try and fit in..… https://t.co/2DH4mTlGIQ— MoM x 3 🇺🇸 (@MoM x 3 🇺🇸) 1537375690.0
@EBONYMag https://t.co/GdQt13A4Lt— DatPiff (@DatPiff) 1537430913.0
Moody High School Principal Christopher Walters told AL.com:
"We have confirmed that all students involved are friends and participated voluntarily in creating the picture, which they say was intended to be a 'joke'. The picture is offensive and unacceptable, and it does not reflect the values of our school, our students, or our community."
"Moody High School Principal Christopher Walters told AL [dot] com that the picture was intended to be a joke" 😒😒😒 https://t.co/KBLrPtzmdc— cyborg witch (@cyborg witch) 1537330459.0
@cassidylew7 What in the Alabama 1860’s heck type of foolery is this?— Dan S (@Dan S) 1537317790.0
@cassidylew7 What was going on in the mind of that young Black kid to think that remotely this was okay? How was he… https://t.co/54qviYOrpx— "luh*lee*tah." Lolita is my evil twin. (@"luh*lee*tah." Lolita is my evil twin.) 1537382744.0
The superintendent of the Moody school district, in a statement to Teen Vogue, said: "We will continue to educate our students on the values of dignity, equality, and decency and on the importance of making good decisions in life."
The public remains skeptical.