The girls who happily chose to come together and spell out the racial slur, “NI**ER” on their shirts were part of a larger group of girls. Put together, the larger group – each with a letter on their black t-shirt – spelt “BEST*YOU’VE*EVER*SEEN*CLASS*OF*2016.”
The six girls, belonging to the Desert Vista High School in Phoenix Arizona, apparently thought doing this extra photo-shoot would be hilarious. It was taken on Friday for the group’s “Senior Picture Day,” and then posted on social media where it immediately, went viral.
Dr. Christine Barela, the principal at Desert Vista, sent the following letter to parents:
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.
Students, though, say that thanks to Twitter, they discovered that the girls who took part in the racist photo shoot only received a five-day suspension, and they don’t think the punishment fits the crime.