Grosse Pointe South High School in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan is currently revising their curriculum to include diversity classes after four students posted a racial slur on social media.
Three students posed with “I love niggers” written across their stomachs and a fourth wrote, “I [heart] weed]” on her knee. The image, taken during a party, was initially posted on the social media platform Snapchat.
Tia Fowlkes, an African American student a Grosse Poine took a screenshot of the picture and posted it on Twitter, it’s also been shared on Instagram where some one commented that the school’s administration should be notified.
According to NewsOne, the four teens in the photo as well as two others were subsequently suspended for five days.
Fowlkes, who is also a member of the school’s cultural organization BASE addressed the situation in the school’s newspaper, The Tower Pulse.
“I was shocked that someone who I thought was my friend would do something like this, so I decided to confront her about it,” Fowlkes said. “I told her it wasn’t funny, and instead, she tried defending herself, acting like it wasn’t an act of racism. So I decided to put it out there to know since she thought it was so funny.”
The four students attended one of the BASE club meetings where they apologized for their behavior and pledged to work with the organization to address racial disparities on campus and amongst their colleagues.
Reportedly, the school will also provide students with a course on social media etiquette.
Additional Source: FOX 2