A group of teenage girls from Phoenix, Arizona, are in hot water after brilliantly deciding to take their senior pictures with the word “ni**er” spelled out on their shirts.
Yeah…I'll let that sink in for a second.
The group of six girls from Desert Vista High School (whom, I should add, are all white) each donned a shirt with a big gold letter plastered to the front — innocuous if standing alone, but when together, spelled out the n-word.
A photo of the teens hit Twitter and immediately went viral, because, of course it did. In what universe is wearing a racial slur — and then taking a picture of it — a good idea? Not this universe.
A school official responded to the controversy in an interview with ABC News, explaining,
The students will be disciplined in accordance with district policy and while we don't discuss specific discipline, I can tell you that [we] will be addressing the obvious need for sensitivity training in this case.
Jill Hanks, the executive director of the Tempe Union High School District in which the students attend, says the photo was not taken as a yearbook photo, but rather, taken by a friend after the official class shoot.
That was not a school photo. That was taken off to the side somewhere and I don't know who took it or posted it. We found out about it when everyone else did, when it popped up on social media.
Although it's slightly comforting that the photo wasn't intended to be a yearbook photo, it was still an incredibly stupid move to pull.
Those girls better hope their names don't get leaked to the press, because if they do, they can probably say good-bye to those college acceptance letters.
See the horrifically insensitive pic below.
Citations: Photo of Desert Vista High School seniors spelling out racial slur goes viral (AZ Central), High School Girls Spell Out the N Word for Senior Picture Day (Complex), Desert Vista High School seniors in trouble after spelling out racial slur posting photo (ABC 15)