Alabama Students Apologise for Racist Photo of White Kids Standing on Black Colleague
A group of high school students from Alabama who sparked outrage after they shared pictures of themselves on social media standing on a black student wearing cowboy boots and flannels, have apologised saying they meant the photo as a “joke”.
Students from Moody High School, Alabama, apologised for taking the offensive photograph, which showed six white male students wearing cowboy boots standing on a black student who was face down, with the caption: “We got us one.”
After it was posted to Snapchat, the photo quickly went viral, with many people voicing their disgust at the photograph.
Principal Christopher Walters said the photo is offensive, but added that the students were all friends and participated voluntarily when creating the picture.
The black teen pictured on the ground, Nick Fuller, backed up Walters' claim that the teens were friends, saying he didn't think about what they were doing.
“I didn't think about it when I first took the photos," he told CBS42. "I'd still like to say sorry again for anybody that I offended."
Austin Glass, one of the students stepping on Nick in the photo, told CBS42: "If I could go back, I wouldn't have took the picture."
A mother of one of the other boys involved said that her son and the other teens were "making fun of racist people."
The boys' classmates were quick to take screenshots of the photo, which was originally posted to Snapchat, and circulated it online.
In their own posts, the students called the photo "disrespectful" and "racist."
Principal Walters said the picture was taken on a spirit day, in which students dressed to represent different destinations around the country.
“We have confirmed that all students involved are friends and participated voluntarily in creating the picture, which they say was intended to be a 'joke'," Walters told AL.com on Monday. "The picture is offensive and unacceptable, and it does not reflect the values of our school, our students, or our community."
Walters noted that another photo of the boys also circulated, showing all of them smiling. Nick Fuller had his arms around the other teens.