Texas student banned from prom, suspended after racist invitation

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A Texas high school student was suspended and banned from the prom after a photo of the student holding a poster that included “racist language” appeared on social media, school officials said.

The image shows the student holding the poster that said: “If I was black I’d be picking cotton, but I’m not, so I’m picking you for … Prom?”

It quickly circulated on social media Thursday. 

Corpus Christi Independent School District officials announced the Veterans Memorial High School student’s suspension late Thursday in a news release. 

“CCISD condemns such language, which is not representative of our values as a school district,” the release reads. “Following an investigation on Thursday, May 9, the student’s family was contacted and the student was disciplined accordingly.”

The length of his suspension was not immediately known.

The student is banned from prom and will be required to attend “cultural sensitivity counseling.” The student issued an apology on social media, the release states. 

District officials became aware of the incident Wednesday. They also learned it was a copycat incident being called a joke nationwide, the release states. 

“We want to be clear: there is never an excuse for such reprehensible actions,” the release reads. “Discriminatory language and/or actions will not be tolerated in CCISD.”

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