COCONUT CREEK, Fla. – The father of a South Florida student seen holding a racist sign asking another student to prom says it was an unfortunate inside joke that was never meant to be seen on social media.
Yahoo! featured the sign in an article titled “Here’s how not to ask your black friend to prom.”
The picture shows three students from Monarch High School in Coconut Creek holding a sign that reads “You may be picking cotton, but we’re picking you to go to prom with us.”
According to Yahoo!, the picture was made public via a tweet from Jon Aro, a former student at the school. Aro grabbed a screenshot of the photo from a friend’s Instagram page.
The father of the girl on the right of the picture told Local 10 that it was an inside joke made to the girl in the middle who was originally not going to prom. The father says the girl in the middle, a friend of the other two, was originally going to spend time at her grandmother’s cotton farm in Alabama.
The father told Local 10 he understands the controversy over the sign and why it would be seem by some to be racist. However, he said there was never a malicious intent and now the girls are afraid to attend the prom.
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