California high schoolers are accused of racism after spelling out the N-word with T-shirts at their senior picnic

KGTVEscondido High School senior picnic
  • About ten students at Escondido High School in California were photographed spelling out the N-word with T-shirts at a senior picnic last week.
  • The students had been given pre-approved words to spell out for the photos at the senior event.
  • When official photos were finished, the students posed together to make the racial slur.

Several Southern California high school students have been accused of racism after they were photographed spelling out the N-word with T-shirts at a senior picnic.

About ten students at Escondido High School posed so letters on each teen’s shirt spelled out the slur, KGTV reported.

The students had been given pre-approved words to spell out for the photos at the senior event last week, but after official photos were taken, the teens decided to create the racial slur.

A photo of the students creating the N-word went viral when a former student posted the image on Instagram after seeing it on someone’s Snapchat.

According to Huffington Post, the students were also photographed spelling out anti-gay slurs.

School principal Adriana Lepe-Ramirez issued a statement on Facebook about the incident.

“Parents and guardians of the students involved are being contacted by school administrators, and appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken,” she said.

“We all need to understand the power of our words and actions, and we must take responsibility for the decisions we make each and every day,” her statement continued. “At Escondido High School we will continue to work every day to build a culture of family and unity across our community.”

On Friday, the Escondido Police Department responded to a threat on social media that they believed was connected to the senior picnic photos, CBS 8 reported.

Police said the threat was flagged through an anonymous tip and that it warned of violence during the school’s Friday night football game.

The game was not canceled, but there was a large police presence as a precaution.

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