A group of Georgia high school students spelled the N-word on shirts during a football game.
The five West Laurens High School students sparked outrage among Laurens County residents, local news station WGXA first reported. The teenagers wrote letters on each of their jerseys that spelled out the racial slur, then wore them to a soccer game against another school on September 16.
Images of the group began circulating on social media, with shocked parents bringing them to the attention of school officials and local media.
“Seeing a photo like that in 2022 is just something you never want to see because I feel like our ancestors fought so hard to get us here today, and I have the feel like it’s just super disrespectful to see a photo like that,” Quadravious Johnson, a 2020 graduate of a school in the district, told 13WMAZ.
The Laren County School District released a statement decrying the teens’ actions, but community members said the students should be disciplined.
“We do not support or condone any offensive action of this nature. We are truly disappointed with the choices of these students,” the statement read.
“The environment and teaching at West Laurens High School fosters love and respect among our students. What is observed in this image is completely out of step with the values of our school and our community. Rest assured, the incident is under investigation.
Terrence James, whose son attends West Laurens High School, told 13WMAX the teenage group was called the “Rowdy Raiders.”
“[My son] said, ‘Dad, they asked me to hold a shovel and one of them called me the n-word.’ I was like, ‘What?’ “, Mr. James told the outlet.
The Independent contacted the district for comment.
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