Noah Crowley’s sign said, ‘If I was black I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking u 4 prom.’

By Elizabeth DjinisGatehouse Media Florida

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — A Riverview High student is under fire after using a racist sign to ask his girlfriend to the school’s prom.

The sign, reading, “If I was black I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking u 4 prom,” made the rounds on Twitter Sunday night. The proposal was conducted by 18-year-old student Noah Crowley, the district confirmed. Riverview students found the image on the female student’s Snapchat, with a caption of two heart-eye emojis, implying that she was excited about the request. The Herald-Tribune did not identify Crowley until confirming that he is an adult.

By Monday morning, various Twitter posts had already received hundreds of retweets and favorites. One student tweeted out the image with the comment: “he seems to not know about America’s history. RACISM IS A PROBLEM. definitely should not be allowed to go to prom!!”

School district spokeswoman Tracey Beeker confirmed Monday morning that Crowley attended Riverview and the sign was under investigation by the school district. She said administrators have been speaking to the student and his parents on the phone since Sunday evening.

A robocall was sent to Riverview parents Monday morning, administrators said.

“(The post) was racial in nature, and administration became aware of it last night,” said acting Riverview principal Kathy Wilks in a call to parents Monday morning. “Many who saw the post are understandably upset with its contents as well as the subsequent commentary to the post. Riverview High School absolutely does not condone or support the message conveyed in this post.

“We are focused on ensuring that Riverview High School provides a safe and secure environment for