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By Elisha Fieldstadt
"serious consequences" after a photo of them holding a racist "promotions" A picture of a sign flares out on students, former students and parents in social media.
Principal of Palos Verdes High School, Dr. Allan Tyner, told a Wednesday statement that he was "meeting with all students, by class" to "review the appropriate behavior and how to use the offending race as a used the recent photo posted on social media is unacceptable. "
The photo, shared by many outraged Instagram and Twitter users Tuesday, shows two young people holding a signal on one of the student names, followed by "you are racist but I will give anything for you to come with me to prom." Some letters in the name and the sentence are capitalized and bold to spell the N-word.
Tyner called the slur "a slang for Africans-Americans" in an email sent to parents on Tuesday night obtained by NBC News.
"We have communicated with the identified students and their families to inform them that we are making a response and expect serious consequences," says the email.
"I'm very happy with the immediate response of our students and families to social media making it very clear that our community does not support this behavior," Tyner added.
He said that school officials were investigating the picture, and whoever was there when the picture was taken. NBC News blurred the faces of students and the spelling letters
It was not obvious that the original post was posted online. Ava McCoy, 14, a freshman at Palos Verdes High School, told NBC News that none of the students in the photo posted here on any of their social media accounts.
"I see the sign offensive and extremely hurtly harmful to being a human color," McCoy said. "I think this behavior is not defensive and students need to study the subject."
The Palas Verdes Police Department said in tweet that the department will have a higher presence in schools in the area on Wednesday "due to recent social media posting."
The prom Palos Verdes High School is scheduled for Saturday. The theme is "like a star."
About 2 percent of Los Angeles County city residents are black, according to the latest Census data.
This is not the first example of sharing students photos of world social prominence propaganda social media promises. Last year, a Florida student posted a picture with her holding a sign saying "If I'm black I want to pick cotton, but I'm white so I'm choosing you of 4 prom? "
in Ohio, New York and Texas holding similar signs made headlines this year.