An Ohio teen was barred from prom after he decided to craft a racist promposal sign that read, “If I was black I’d be picking cotton but I’m white so I’m picking u for prom.”

I suppose it’s time we brace ourselves, because at this time of the year (much like Halloween) racism rears its ugly head.

“To be frank with you I thought, ‘Oh my goodness this is awful,'” Janice Wyckoff, the superintendent at Clear Fork Valley Local Schools told Fox8.

The news station declined to identify the student, who was seen in a photo with his prom date holding up the inappropriate sign. Wyckoff told the news station that she was not clear if the boy is a junior or a senior, but the girl pictured with him is not a student in the district.

Despite the fact that the promposal happened off school property, the school superintendent wants to send a clear message.

“Kids need to understand when you’re celebrating things it doesn’t give you a pass on using inappropriate racial slurs,” Wyckoff said.

The superintendent also said that the student expressed regret over the situation, and deleted the social media post.

“This is a process, growing up is a process, and this is one of those moments that’s a teachable moment for this kid that will last a lifetime,” she said.

Wyckoff declined to say if the student would face any further disciplinary action.

“I don’t believe that this is any group think on the part of the student body,” she added. “This is one person making a bad decision that’s going to reflect on everybody. This is actually a terrible day in the Clear Fork Valley.”

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