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Clear Fork student not attending prom after 'racist' promposal

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Posted at 9:31 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 21:31:16-04

BELLVILLE, Ohio — A Clear Fork student is not attending prom after public outcry about his promposal picture circulated on Facebook.

In the picture, the student stands beside a girl and holds a poster that reads, "If I was black I'd be picking cotton but I'm white so I'm picking u for prom?"

Clear Fork Valley Local Schools Superintendent Janice Wyckoff made it clear that the school doesn't agree with what he did and was disappointed.

I want to make it clear that our school district is disappointed in this situation. Our student body should not be defined by a single act of a student, who did not think his action through. This is a teachable moment for this student in particular and for all students. This type of speech regardless of the occasion is inappropriate. It is hurtful to everyone. The student has removed the post and is remorseful. The student is not attending the prom. The student now understands there are consequences for words. I want everyone to remember this is a child and adolescent who made a bad decision and is learning a lesson the hard way.