Kansas City high school homecoming proposal sign sparks outrage for being racist

An $11,600-a-year Kansas City private school has been embroiled in a racism storm after a student issued a racist homecoming date invite. 

It saw the unnamed boy ask his prospective date – both of whom are white – ‘If I were black, I would be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking you for Hoco?’

The girl, who has not been named, crossed off the ‘Yes,’ box, and was filmed smiling next to her date on camera.

One of the students attends the private St James’ Catholic Academy in the city, with the other at Olathe South High School, although it remains unclear which teen attends which school, and where the homecoming dance was being held   

Rhonda Windholz, the mother of the girl, claimed that the sign was made with the help of a white girl and a black boy.

A pair of high school students from St James Academy and Olathe South High School in Kansas City were slammed after their high school homecoming proposal sign was seen as racist

Windholz said that her daughter was caught up in the excitement of homecoming and did not intend to cause any harm. 

‘Caught up in the excitement of being asked to her first ever homecoming, our daughter held the sign that was given to her,’ Windholz told KSHB 11.

‘It was only after actually comprehending the situation, that she realized what was happening. She blatantly said no!! By then, it was too late.’

She also revealed that her daughter has received death threats and was told to ‘kill herself’ after the homecoming proposal was posted.

 ‘Please know that we have diversity in our own family and believe that all lives matter. We have received many death threats and numerous people have told our daughter to kill herself,’ Windholz said. 

‘The response to this misunderstanding has caused much confusion and pain for many. We sincerely apologize to all who are offended.’

The schools of the potential homecoming pair issued public apologies for the sign and are investigating the post, although it is unclear what, if any, disciplinary action has been taken against them. 

Olathe South High School issued an apology for the offensive post and are investigating the issue

Olathe South High School issued an apology for the offensive post and are investigating the issue

Olathe South High School issued an apology for the offensive post and are investigating the issue

St James' Catholic Academy, pictured, also issued a statement condemning the racist proposal

St James' Catholic Academy, pictured, also issued a statement condemning the racist proposal

St James’ Catholic Academy, pictured, also issued a statement condemning the racist proposal 

‘We wanted to let you know that we are aware of an offensive post on social media that included an SJA student,” the letter from St James Academy read.

‘We are currently investigating the situation to determine the appropriate next steps.’

Olathe South Principal Dale Longenecker also issued a statement to apologize for the students’ behavior. 

‘The type of behavior displayed in the social media post does not meet the expectations of our core values, Longenecker said.

‘Any behavior like this will be immediately addressed in accordance with our Student Code of Conduct.’

Twitter users slammed the potential homecoming couple as 'racist' and 'disgusting'

Twitter users slammed the potential homecoming couple as 'racist' and 'disgusting'

Twitter users slammed the potential homecoming couple as ‘racist’ and ‘disgusting’

 Twitter users responded to the incident slamming it as ‘racist’ and ‘disgusting’. 

‘Beyond disgusting, but most certainly a mere taste of the racism going on in that young person’s home,’ @Brian_in_Tulsa tweeted.

 ‘If this is what they believe is acceptable public behavior, I cringe to think about what they do and say at home behind closed doors.’

Others sympathized with the young pair who said that the experience should come as a teaching moment. 

 ‘Let’s not forget they are kids and they are learning as they go,’ @TheFlorist4U tweeted.

‘Don’t make things worse by sending them messages of hate. For goodness sake, would you like to be judged by the behavior of a 15 year old you? Make it a learning moment.’

Other Twitter users sympathized with the teens who saw the outcome as a learning opportunity

Other Twitter users sympathized with the teens who saw the outcome as a learning opportunity

Other Twitter users sympathized with the teens who saw the outcome as a learning opportunity 

The NAACP chapter of Olathe also agreed with claims that the students involved should use the opportunity as a learning moment.

‘That’s a time to educate, not to criticize or crucify,’ the NAACP chapter president, Henry Lyons told the Daily Beast. 

‘(It’s) just an educational opportunity, not a time to fix blame.’

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