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Student Sparks Outrage Over 'Offensive' Dance Proposal Sign

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A Nevada teenager sparked outrage following her George Floyd themed dance proposal, sparking an investigation by school officials.

A picture of the proposal showed the female student holding the poster, which featured a drawing of Floyd in what appears to be a school sports field and the caption: "If you went to SADIES w/ me it would take my BREATH away."

The photo, which was shared on various social media platforms, sparked immediate outrage.

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Foothill High School in Henderson released a statement revealing that the school and the Clark County School District had opened an investigation into the proposal for its Sadie Hawkins dance.

"Foothill High School and CCSD are aware of the matter and are currently investigating," the school wrote on its website. "Foothill and CCSD will not tolerate racially insensitive behaviors that contradict an inclusive community and impact the school culture of our students.”

"As you are aware, Foothill High School and CCSD cannot comment on individual student matters or discipline, we assure you the issue is being addressed," the message continued.

Jshauntae Marshall, co-founder of the No Racism in Schools #1865 campaign, stated that she was "angry" and "saddened" by the incident.

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"It's a really difficult pill to swallow. We have to digest it every time something like this happens," she said, highlighting the campaign’s resources, which provides guides on how to handle such incidents.

She added: "The education will continue at both the school and community level. We have a turnaround plan that has been started, and we want to make sure that she understands—as well as everyone else in the district—that it is a no-tolerance zone, period."

This incident comes after the Los Angeles Police Department opened an investigation into allegations that there was a Valentine-themed meme of Floyd with the caption "You take my breath away" circulating among its officers.

The LAPD stated that it was investigating claims that the image was created by a department employee.

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Michel Moore, the department's chief, stated that the investigation is looking to determine the accuracy of the allegations while "reinforcing our zero tolerance for anything with racist views."

Floyd, a Black man, was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck for more than 8 minutes while he kept crying out that he couldn't breathe. His death on May 25, 2020, sparked protests against police brutality and racial injustice across the country and around the world.

Sources: Newsweek