The Issaquah School District responded Monday after a racist post involving students circulated on social media.
The post included a photo of two students next to a sign related to "tolo," a dance where a girl asks a boy to go with her.
“If I was black I’d be picking cotton,” the sign reads, “but instead I pick you. Tolo?”
The female student was identified on social media in at least one tweet to the Issaquah School District. The sign also identifies the male’s first name from the sign, and shows the two posing together. The photo appears to be a screengrab from Snapchat.
"We are deeply troubled, discouraged and, quite frankly, appalled by the racially insensitive social media post involving Issaquah High School students," Superintendent Ron Thiele wrote in a statement. "The words and actions of the students involved are not consistent with our beliefs and values as a District and we are truly saddened by the negative impact this has had on our entire community, particularly our students of color."
The school has not identified the students.
The Issaquah School District Board also posted a written statement to "publicly express our disappointment and to affirm that every student in our district deserves to attend a school environment free from racism."
The teen responded Monday afternoon on Instagram.
The teen's parents also provided KIRO Radio's Dori Monson with a statement.
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