Published: Sun, January 24, 2016
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Phoenix school district outraged over photo of racial slur

Phoenix school district outraged over photo of racial slur

The photo was taken on the popular social media app Snapchat and posted to Twitter, where it went viral on Friday. Apparently thinking it would be amusing (although it was SO not), six ladies wearing shirts with N I*E and R on it stood next to each other for a photo....and then posted it online.

The school district said it won't release the details of the disciplinary sentence the girls received, but the Phoenix paper wrote that it was rumored to be a five-day suspension. The picture was part of a yearly photo that each class of seniors take.

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio said he talked to the Phoenix Police Department and learned that the girls have been threatened, according to the Phoenix New Times.

But whether or not the girls were joking, the school has previously had an incident with racial insensitivity.

The blatant use of the racial slur has angered many and the members of the student body at the high school are no different and it seems as if threats against the girls have been made.

Police vehicles arrived at the campus this afternoon to help keep the peace. "While we don't discuss individual discipline, we can tell you that in addition, the obvious need for sensitivity training will be addressed".

- clarissa (@calerissa) January 22, 2016Students at Desert Vista High School wore shirts that spelled out NI**ER.

"The event that took place today at Desert Vista will not be tolerated".

Jill Hanks, executive director of community relations for Tempe Union High School District, said in an emailed statement, "We are absolutely aware and outraged by this behavior". We need to understand that words matter. That was taken off to the side somewhere and I don't know who took it or posted it. We found out about it when everyone else did, when it popped up on social media. "I can assure you that appropriate disciplinary action will be taken".

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