Prom season’s got tons of high school kids vying for the classmates attention in hopes of taking them to the big dance.
But last week, it appears someone at a South Florida high school tried a little too hard to get attention when the made a sign that read “You may be picking cotton, but we’re picking you to go to prom with us.”
According to Yahoo!, the picture was made public via a tweet from a former student at Monarch High School, Jon Aro. The father of the girl on the right told the Local 10 news that it was actually an inside joke made to the girl in the middle of the photo who was originally not going to prom. The father also said that the girl is homeschooled and is the heir to her grandmother’s cotton form in Alabama.
“They really want to apologize for their extremely poor choice of words in this situation. They would like to take it back. They would like to find a different way to express this invitation to prom,” said a father of another student.
The girls in the photo that attend Monarch have been suspended until the investigation is over.
Tracy Clark, the spokeswoman of the school district, said, “Broward County Public Schools is proud of its diverse student population and community. Our district is committed to providing learning environments that foster inclusion and respect.”
The students involved say that there was no malicious intent behind the sign clearly don’t understand the cultural significance of the sign.