A group of white students in Moody, Alabama thought it was all fun and games when they posted a picture wearing clothes befitting the look of redneck attire, with their boots on the back of a Black boy lying on the floor with the caption “We got us one.”
The shocking post sent social media into a frenzy with many frowning on the offensive photo and the racist display by the six white male students at Moody High School in St. Clair County, AL.com reports.
The school’s Principal Christopher Walters said in a statement, “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’.”
However, “The picture is offensive and unacceptable, and it does not reflect the values of our school, our students, or our community,” he said.
Along with the photo, the students posted another with the Black student’s face smiling and hugging the other boys who had their feet on his back.
However, one commenter posted, “It’s disgusting, disgraceful and disturbing to see this picture and claim that there’s nothing racist about it! Why are there so many people in this country so proud of their ignorance and backward thinking?”
According to the principal, the students were dressed up as one of four destinations: Hawaii, New Orleans, Dallas, and Hollywood.
Here is Walters full statement, issued Monday afternoon:
“We are aware of the disturbing picture of Moody High School students that is circulating on social media, and we are in the process of fully investigating this matter. 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”. The picture is offensive and unacceptable, and it does not reflect the values of our school, our students, or our community. Notably, I also don’t believe that the picture reflects the values of the students involved. There is another picture circulating on social media taken of the same group of students at the same time demonstrating that the students are friends. The students involved clearly made poor decisions, and we will take appropriate disciplinary action.
“At Moody High School, we will continue to emphasize our commitment that all students be treated with dignity, respect, and compassion so that all students feel welcome and gain the knowledge necessary to become college and career ready and to be good citizens in our community.”
The students involved received 15 days of alternative school.