Family of Sarasota teen who issued 'cotton-picking' promposal issues apology

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"While our son has apologized himself, on behalf of our family, we wish to also express our most honest apologies for the bad words used in his 'promposal, '" the statement says. "Certainly, we hope that all of the people and communities who were hurt and offended will forgive our son and family".

"I think it was something that he thought was going be amusing, but it's not", Williams said. "From elementary, middle and high school students to parents, retirees and business partners, we are truly blessed to work with our fantastic volunteers - all of whom play an integral part in our shared mission of enhancing the lives of our students through education".

Riverview acting principal Kathy Wilks sent a message to students and parents on Monday, saying many who saw the post were understandably upset with its contents, WFLA-TV reported.

Riverview's school district said in a statement published by WCNC that the boy's message is being investigated.

'Anyone who knows me. knows that that's not how we truly feel.

Officials have reached out to the NAACP, said Trevor Harvey, president of the organizations Sarasota chapter.

'We want to make everyone aware of a student's social media post that has caused a very concerning situation.

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Critics have taken to social media themselves to complain that the school districts response thus far has been weak.

Local activists, such as student Anton Kernohan, said that this incident is just another example of how racism is widespread among people his age.

A spokeswoman with the Sarasota school district said administrators have spoken to the student and his parents, according to KSAT sister station Click Orlando. "Its something that can grow and evolve to include more programs moving forward".

"This incident is a gray area", Beeker told The Washington Post, "but there has been disruption at the school due to his actions".

"This doesnt happen every day".

"It is tremendously exciting and inspiring to see the number of volunteers throughout the school district grow each year", said Sarasota County School Board Chairman Bridget Ziegler. "We've had our problems we dealt with it and they tried to deal with it".

No disciplinary action has been taken against Crowley, and the school is scheduled to have prom on May 5th.

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