A group of Georgia high school students spelled the N-word on their shirts at a football game.
Five students at West Laurens High School have sparked outrage among Laurens County residents, a local news station reports. WGXA first reported. The teenagers wrote letters spelling out a racial slur on each of their shirts, then wore them to a football game against another school on September 16.
Pictures of the group began circulating on social media, and shocked parents alerted school officials and local media.
“To see a picture like that in 2022 is something you never want to see because I think our ancestors fought so hard to get here today and I think it’s just disrespectful to see a picture like that,” said Quadravious Johnson, a 2020 graduate of the school in the district 13WMAZ.
The Laren County School District issued a statement condemned the teenagers’ actions, but community members said the students should be disciplined.
“We do not support or condone any offensive actions of this nature. We are truly disappointed by the decisions of these students,” the statement read.
“The environment and teaching at West Laurens High School fosters love and respect among our students for one another. What we see in this picture is completely out of sync with the values of our school and community. Rest assured, the incident is under investigation.”
Terrence James, whose son attends West Laurens High School, told 13WMAX that the group of teenagers is called the “Rowdy Raiders.”
“[My son] he said: ‘Dad, they asked me to hold a shovel and one of them called me the n-word.’ I thought, ‘What?'” Mr James said.
The Independent has reached out to the district for comment.