Two High School Students Suspended Over Racist ‘Cotton Picking’ Sign

Two South Florida high school students have been suspended after a distasteful sign they were holding in a prom proposal picture was placed on the internet. The picture shows three students, two of which are 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 News that it was an inside joke made to the girl in the middle who was originally not going to prom. The father said the girl in the middle, a friend of the other two who is homeschooled, is the heir to her grandmother's cotton farm in Alabama. "They really want to apologize for their extremely poor choice of words in this situation," said a father of another student. "They would like to take it back. They would like to find a different way to express this invitation to prom." The girls who attend Monarch have been suspended until the investigation into the incident is completed.



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