The Desert Vista students who used a senior picture day stunt to spell out a racist slur have found themselves under global scrutiny after the picture went viral.

The photo, showing the six Desert Vista High School teens smiling while their shirts spell out
“N-I-*-*-E-R”, went viral on Friday after it was posted on social media accounts.

According to KNXV, the lettered shirts were part of a larger message for a senior class photo. Another picture shows the senior class spelling out

“It will not be tolerated” and that “disciplinary action will be taken.”

“It is unacceptable for any racial slur to be used regardless of intent. We need to understand that words matter. I can assure you the appropriate disciplinary action will be taken,” Superintendent Baca said in the statement on Friday.

Desert Vista High School’s principal Christine Barela sent a message to the families of the student at the school apologizing for the unfortunate situation and assuring them the drastic measures put in place already.

The petition, which, as of Sunday morning had over 27,000 signatures, states that the possible five-day suspension isn’t enough of a punishment and that administration seems to be treating the incident as a “harmless prank.”

They have called for Barela’s resignation.

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