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The Saturday night prom for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo will be a memorable night for many teens in attendance, but for some the preparation for the event could make it a night to forget.
A student proposal sparks outcry for its racist themes, including a photo of George Floyd alongside a claim that an affirmative answer “would take my breath away!”
The image of the sign, along with two students, gained traction online, with some calling it “offensive, [appalling] and just plain disrespectful.
An email from principal Michael Hatcher to the school community also reprimanded the proposal.
“The sign is extremely disappointing, lacks cultural sensitivity, is deeply offensive, and does not reflect the values we seek here at Aliso Niguel High School,” Hatcher wrote.
The principal also promised to take action, including continuing the work of the cultural diversity team to create “an environment that values diversity and is welcoming, empathetic and inclusive for all students and staff”.
“We will use this as an opportunity for all of our students to learn and grow from this,” Hatcher concluded.