Riverview graduates concerned with racist incident and school reputation

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Additionally, Sarasota County Schools promptly released a statement in relation to the controversy.

"It was racial in nature and administration became aware of it last night".

The 18-year-old's so called "prom-proposal" was posted to Snapchat by his date along with two heart emojis. Most everyone else at Riverview High School and across America condemned it, not just because it was unfunny, not fine and in poor taste, but because it's "why racism is still a thing".

"He's never gotten in a fight over race or anything like that at school", said Cody Palmer.

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Some students said they don't want riots, and they said the incident doesn't reflect on the school as a whole.

"But I think it is actually important that this issue occurred on some level", he told The Herald Tribune.

"We've been knowing him since freshman year".

Her post has been shared more than 1,400 times on Facebook and received nearly 600 comments from Facebook users.

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She added that, unlike other civic issues, people often have difficulty talking about race because they can't put the blame on something totally outside of themselves.

Riverview High School Principal Kathy Wilks said the school doesn't "condone or support" the racist message, Click Orlando reported.

"Riverview High School has a wonderful student population and we know our school will use this incident as an opportunity to have productive conversations about respect for one another", she said.

'We look forward to the start of a new week and know that together, we will demonstrate our pride in the spirit of our school through caring for each other. "But I'm white so I'm picking you 4 prom". "What the school district is going to be working on, especially with Trevor Harvey with the NAACP, is to be able to learn more from our students and to come up with a good course of action".

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Senior Erin Williams, who didn't think it was amusing, posted a picture of the student's promposal on Facebook.

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