Florida student, family apologize for racist 'promposal' – Sussex Countian
The student posted an apology Monday afternoon.
By Elizabeth DjinisGatehouse Media Florida
SARASOTA, Fla. — A Sarasota student who asked his girlfriend to prom with a racist sign apologized, according to an image provided by the school district, and his family later released a statement apologizing as well, saying he would not participate in any more school functions, including prom and graduation.
The student, 18-year-old Riverview High senior Noah Crowley, garnered national attention for his prom proposal to his girlfriend with 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 female student sent an image of Crowley’s sign via Snapchat with a caption of two heart-eye emojis.
Crowley used the same platform, Snapchat, to apologize on Monday, based on a widely spread image on social media of what appears to be a lengthy apology the district said was written by Crowley.
“I want to sincerely apologize if I have offended anyone with the picture going around,” reads the photo caption, thought to be written by Crowley. “That was not my intention. Anyone who knows me or … knows that that’s not how we truly feel. It was a complete 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 Crowley family released a statement via email Tuesday evening, apologizing for its son’s conduct.
“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,” the statement read. “That said, as loving parents, we also feel compelled