High school students spark backlash by spelling out ‘fags’ in senior photos
High school students have sparked a huge backlash after spelling out anti-gay and racial slurs on their tops.
Senior students at Escondido High School in southern California combined their T-shirts, each of which had a different letter on it, to spell out the words “FAGS” and “N****R.”
The offensive pictures were taken on Thursday (September 27) at the traditional senior barbecue, where pupils are permitted to wear T-shirts with a letter on them so they can spell out words with friends, according to KGTV.
It is understood that although the wording of the official photo must be agreed beforehand, students often get together afterwards to create their own phrases.
The resulting images were posted on social media platforms, prompting understandable outrage.
Former students also voiced their disgust at the pictures, with Cade Pannell saying: “It hurt me personally.
“Whether they thought it was a joke, it’s not. And if you do think it’s a joke, I think that’s very ignorant of you.”
Jovan Pete, who graduated last year, said the pictures didn’t reflect his experience at Escondido.
He added that people not familiar with the school will “just look at that and assume that’s how it is there. Just racist kids there or just obnoxious kids who don’t know right from wrong.”
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