Student’s blackface, use of racial slur, promps Auburn school system probe

Auburn school system reacts to student’s blackface picture, use of racial slur

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - The Auburn City Schools system reacted, then deleted its own statement Thursday regarding a photo that shows an unidentified student in blackface, along with a racist message, after it began circulating on social media.

In the since-deleted post to its official Facebook account, the school system confirmed an Auburn High School student was in an “inappropriate post on social media.”

The photo shows the student with a blackened face and palm with a message that reads “Is this what being a [N word] feels like”.

School system officials further stated that “What has been presented to the administration at AHS and the leadership of ACS in this case does not reflect the school system’s statements of belief," and added that an investigation is underway that would result in “appropriate measures” being taken.

It’s unclear where or when the photo was taken or why the system decided to take down their statement about the situation.

WSFA 12 News made an editorial decision to cover the racial slur in the photo and to cover the student’s face and crop out her name because she is likely a minor.

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