A Florida teen is facing immense backlash after his racist promposal went viral.
Noah Crowley, 18, who is a pupil at Riverview High School in Sarasota got out his stencils and made a sign that read: “If I was black, I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking u 4 prom.”
The promposal was shared on Snapchat by his girlfriend where she added two ‘heart-eye’ emojis. Many were appalled to see such blatant racism being paraded on social media which prompted the image to spread like wildfire.
Netizens were quick to call out the teenager on Twitter and say that the girl who received the proposal was as bad as he was.
— Cherita Is Random (@cheritaisrandom) April 23, 2018
this is Noah Crowley a Riverview High School student. he seems to not know about America’s history. RACISM IS A PROBLEM. definitely should not be allowed to go to prom!! pic.twitter.com/yQhMDrqnhU
— tia yahnke (@TBraelynn) April 23, 2018
The fact no one told him this was wrong during the entire process of making it, INCLUDING the girl who said yes is a big issue and this makes me sick 😷
— Tris 💛 (@TristinMakaylaa) April 23, 2018
Why did she 😍😍 the photo, she's equally as bad for thinking this is cute and sweet. Ignorance
— Hoosier mama (@akearsing) April 24, 2018
The teen has issued his public apology on Sunday, saying: “I want to sincerely apologize if I have offended anyone with the picture going around. That was not my intention. Anyone who knows me or [name of girl redacted] knows that that’s not how we truly feel. It was a completely joke and it went too far. After reading the texts and Snapchats I truly see how I have offended people and I’m sorry.”
The family also apologized on behalf of their son and followed up with this statement on Tuesday evening:
“While our son has apologized himself, on behalf of our family, we wish to also express our most sincere apologies for the terrible words used in his ‘promposal.’ We love our son dearly and know that he is a far better person than reflected in this reckless behavior. That said, as loving parents, we also feel compelled to share our own deep regret and serious concern about his actions.
“After numerous familial conversations and lengthy discussions with Riverview High School administrators, we have jointly agreed that our son will not be attending any further school activities or functions, including the Prom or graduation ceremony.
“As a family, we truly recognize this incident is a very difficult but important life lesson and pledge to do all we can to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again. Certainly, we hope that all of the people and communities who were hurt and offended will forgive our son and family.”
The school has released its official statement saying the act was racist in nature and will not be condoned. Further investigation will be done and any disciplinary action and recommendations would be made accordingly.