You’ve probably heard about a group of high school girls in Arizona who dressed in black t-shirts emblazoned with gold letters. Six Desert Vista High students arranged themselves and posed for a photo with their shirts spelling out a racial slur during a “school picture day.” The girls were a part of a photo that spelled out “BEST*YOU’VE*EVER*SEEN*CLASS*OF*2016.”
The photo was originally sent via Snapchat but soon went viral and has caused immediate outrage on all media platforms. Desert Vista High principal Dr. Christine Barela sent a letter out to parents informing them that the girls would be disciplined but did not specify the degree of consequences.
“We want to let you know we share your outrage and disappointment over the actions of a handful of our students today,” she said. “We want to make it crystal clear those actions are unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Desert Vista.”
The school’s superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Baca also released a statement, saying,
“it is unacceptable for any racial slur to be used regardless of intent. We need to understand that words matter.”
However, a petition started on change.org calling for the students to be expelled and for Barela to be fired. It has already accumulated over 45,000 signatures.
Last Friday, local police showed up at the school to keep the calm and also monitor the situation. All six of the seniors in the photo have reportedly received threats.
So our question to you is,
“Do you believe the girls should be expelled for their actions?”
“Do you believe the school’s prinicipal should be fired if she doesn’t expel the students?”
“Or do you feel that expelling the girls is too harsh of a punishment for the offense?”
The petition on change.org only tabulates signatures calling for the girls’ expulsions. Shrink Tank would like to gather more data about how people would vote given the three options. We will post the results at a later date along with additional thoughts about the situation from our mental health professionals.
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