A group of students at a South Carolina high school have sparked outrage after placing “whites only” and “colored only” signs above drinking fountains in what the school’s principal called a “prank” that was “extremely insensitive and hurtful.”
The racist “prank” was allegedly carried out by a number of teenagers of different races according to West Ashley High School.
A photo of the display quickly went viral on Facebook Wednesday.
“I’m lost for words,” one person wrote on Facebook. “Today someone decided this was okay.”
“So this is what I moved back to Charleston for?” another said. “At a school that is a mix of a generation that comes from old friends from both sides of the Ashley? Really?! We didn’t act like this with each other so why are your children? Please share so action is taken!”
Ryan Cumback, the principal of the school in West Ashley, sent a message to parents Wednesday notifying them of the display.
“I understand how upsetting the image posted on social media is,” Cumback said in the message.
“That is why we acted swiftly in addressing the matter and why I am reaching out tonight,” he added.
Cumback noted that the students, who were not identified, “admitted they were wrong” and would be facing discipline for their actions.
The Charleston Police Department told local news outlet WCIV that the students won’t face criminal charges and the incident is being handled by the school.