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Teen With Horribly Racist ‘Promposal’ Sign Goes Viral

For all the teens working to change the world, there are always a few that make really bad decisions. Like Noah Crowley, a student a Riverview High School in Sarasota, who asked someone to his prom this past weekend using a sign that read, “If I was black, I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking u 4 prom?”

Although the chosen date reportedly responded to Crowley’s Snapchat with the racist sign with a heart-eyed emoji (ugh, why??), she’s going to have to find another prom date because Crowley is not going.

Crowley released an apology on Sunday, saying that he wanted “to sincerely apologize if I have offended anyone with the picture going around.”

He also said:

“Anyone who knows me or ***** [name redacted] knows that that’s not how we truly feel. It was a completely [sic] joke and it went too far. After reading the texts and Snapchat’s [sic] I truly see how I have offended people and I’m sorry.”

But dude’s apology didn’t go over well with a lot of people. According to CBS affiliate WTSP, a fellow student wrote on Facebook, “Man save that apology … you meant what you posted!”

One of Crowley’s fellow seniors, Anton Kernohan, told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that he was “disgusted” by the sign. He added, “It shows that racism is still alive and well in our society, and it shows that racism is still alive in my generation, and it is something that we as the youth will have to continue to fight against.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Crowley’s parents issued a statement to Huffington Post saying their son will not be attending prom or any other school activities (including graduation) for the remainder of the school year:

While our son has apologized himself, on behalf of our family, we wish to also express our most sincere apologies for the terrible words used in his ‘promposal.’

We love our son dearly and know that he is a far better person than reflected in this reckless behavior. That said, as loving parents, we also feel compelled to share our own deep regret and serious concern about his actions.

After numerous familial conversations and lengthy discussions with Riverview High School administrators, we have jointly agreed that our son will not be attending any further school activities or functions, including the Prom or graduation ceremony.

As a family, we truly recognize this incident is a very difficult but important life lesson and pledge to do all we can to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again. Certainly, we hope that all of the people and communities who were hurt and offended will forgive our son and family.”

How, in 2018, does a high school senior not get what’s wrong with making a sign like this in the first place? Truly boggles the mind.

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