14 Students of St. Ignatius College Preparatory were suspended after their part-taking in a racial “wigger” party last week.
In San Francisco, 14 students have been suspended after information got to the principal of St. Ignatius College Preparatory High, that some students were involved in a racist “wigga” party on the 23rd of January.
The case which came to light saw the suspension of 14 students after photos of some students made rounds on Instagram. These photos mostly depicted students dressed in baggy jeans and other stereotypical articles of clothing. The school, which boasts a majority White student body, has commented on the offensive act.
Principal, Patrick Ruff, told ABC 7, that the decision to suspend the students was with regard to the fact that the racist behavior goes against the school’s values.
“It’s so contradictory to who we are and who we want to be,” Principal Ruff said, addressing the “wigga”-themed festivities. “Wigga,” a combination of White and the n-word, is often used to refer to White people “acting Black” or irresponsibly appropriating Black dress and culture.
“The word is politically incorrect, but I think as a culture, and our current generation, that we have become desensitized to the meaning behind the word,” student Elisabeth Wagner said.
“Some of the kids might have just checked it out to see what was going on or to go to the party, but I’m pretty sure that all the kids that were there weren’t exactly there for that reason,” parent David Lofton said.
“Over the years, we have done much work in the area of diversity through the school’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, which is an integral part of our school community,” a statement on the school’s website read.
“Clearly, however, we have more work ahead of us in forming adolescents to be their best selves.”