Stafford Schools Asks Community to Remove “Insensitive Picture” from Social Media, Takes “Appropriate Actions” with Students

by | Nov 2, 2015 | Schools & Education

By Susan Larson.

A photo of two students wearing jackets with “insensitive” language on back hit social media and sparked a strong response from Stafford County School administrators.

“Stafford County Public Schools does not condone or approve of the type of language implied in the photograph of students from Mountain View High School,” the school division said in a statement on October 29, 2015. “This incident has been investigated and appropriate actions have been taken.” The photo was taken in the school.

The words on the jacket are also lyrics in the song “We made it” by American rapper, record producer, actor and entrepreneur Soulja Boy. He and Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter and actor Drake collaborated on a recording.

“Our current Strategic Plan indicates very clearly that in Stafford County Public Schools we believe in diversity and respect, and this incident is not reflective of those beliefs,” said Superintendent W. Bruce Benson. “I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with a number of students at Mountain View and this behavior is not representative of the students there. We would ask that all community members who have posted or shared this insensitive picture on any social media platform to please remove it.”

“As principal of the school, I am truly sorry that this incident occurred at Mountain View,” said Dr. James Stemple. “There are plans in place to educate the entire student body about this type of behavior, provide counseling, if needed, for any student, and work with the entire community to ensure this type of action does not happen again.”


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