Florida High School Student Noah Crowley Apologies For Racist Prom Invitation

18-year-old Noah Crowley attempted apology for extremely racist prom proposal

  • In the picture Crowley is holding a sign that reads “If I was black, I’d be picking cotton but I’m white so I’m picking u 4 prom”

  • Crowley attends Riverview High School in Sarasota Florida

  • District spokesperson Tracey Beeker stated an investigation was being launched into the sign

In Sarasota, Florida an 18-year-old student at Riverview High is catching backlash after his racist invitation to prom on Snapchat went viral.

The viral image shows Noah Crowley standing and holding a sign that reads, “If I was black, I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white, so I’m picking u 4 prom.” The girl that received the invitation respond with two heart-eye emojis, showing her approval of the offensive invitation according to the Herald-Tribune.

The image first went viral on Twitter Sunday night, but by Monday also night had thousands of shares across multiple Facebook pages. On Monday morning, the school district’s spokeswoman Tracey Beeker confirmed that Crowley attends the high school, and stated the sign was under investigation by the school district.

On Monday morning, Riverview acting principal Kathy Wilks sent a robot call out to parents.

[The post] was racial in nature and administration became aware of it last night. 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 all of our students and that all students feel welcome and understand the value that they all bring to our school community. Our guidance counselors and administrators are available for any student who wish to speak to someone regarding the issue. Riverview High School has a wonderful student population and we know our school will use this incident as an opportunity to have productive conversations about respect for one another.

It was also reported that Wilks sent the following letter to parents on Monday.

We want to make everyone aware of a student’s social media post that has caused a very concerning situation. It involves one of our seniors and his ‘promposal’ to another student. It was racial in nature and administration became aware of it last night.

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.

The student’s post is under investigation by administration; the parents of the students involved have been contacted and appropriate action will be taken based on the investigation. We are focused on ensuring that Riverview High School provides a safe and secure environment for all of our students and that all students feel welcome and understand the value that they all bring to our school community. Our guidance counselors and administrators are available for any student who wish to speak to someone regarding the issue.

Riverview High School has a wonderful student population and we know our school will use this incident as an opportunity to have productive conversations about respect for one another. We look forward to the start of a new week and know that together, we will demonstrate our pride in the spirit of our school through caring for each other. Thank you.

A third statement on the Riverview website reads as follows.

On Sunday night, the Sarasota County School District was made aware of a social media post from a Riverview High School student that has caused a concerning situation. It involves a senior who made a “promposal” to another student that was racial in nature. Many who saw the post, and subsequent apology, are understandably upset with its contents and commentary. Neither the school district nor Riverview High School condones or supports the message conveyed in the post. This incident remains an on-going investigation and any disciplinary action and recommendation will be made accordingly.

This morning, a message was sent to parents and students about the incident. In addition, counselors were made available at Riverview to any individual or group wanting to talk about the issue of race and the contents of the social media post. Likewise, the school district is working with local and national civic leaders, including the NAACP, to develop a roundtable forum to discuss the issue of race – not just at Riverview, but district-wide. Although this message is one student’s opinion, we take the matter of racial relations and school safety seriously, and we look forward to working with our students and these outside groups to have a meaningful and informative dialogue and expanded curriculum related to this important national topic.

In the hours following both viral and media attention, a second picture from Snapchat began circulating. The screenshot shows an alleged apology from Crowley.

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 [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 Snapchat’s I truly see how I have offended people and I’m sorry.

Photo Source: WTSP

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