Teenager uses ‘racist’ homemade sign to ask his girlfriend to their school prom

A teenager has caused outrage after using a "racist" homemade sign to ask his girlfriend to their school prom.

The 18-year-old has been heavily criticised after a photo of him smiling and holding up the sign was shared online.

The picture shows the young man standing outside holding a large piece of card which says: "If I was black, I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white, so I’m picking u 4 prom."

MirrorOnline has chosen to blur the identity of the student.

The teen, who lives in Florida, is being investigated by his school and his parents have been informed, reports the Herald-Tribute.

The picture was originally shared on Snapchat but it was screenshotted and has now been shared widely on social media.

A spokesman told the Herald-Tribute: "The was racial in nature.

"Many who saw the post are understandably upset with its contents as well as the subsequent commentary to the post.

"[The school] absolutely does not condone or support the message conveyed in this post."

Many people are outraged by the sign and have taken to social media to voice their anger.

One Twitter user wrote: "He seems to not know about America’s history. RACISM IS A PROBLEM. definitely should not be allowed to go to prom!!"

Another added: "Racist kid doesn’t deserve to go to Prom or graduation because obviously he’s not educated."

One replied: "You know how much hate you gotta have for black people to do this. Like how are you sitting at home, thinking of ways to ask a girl to prom and the first thing you think is: ‘Hmmmm I could ask a girl to prom by being racist, that’s a great idea’."

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