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Just a joke? White Alabama high school students post photo of them standing on black student

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Moody High School racist photo. Just a joke? Image via social media.
Moody High School racist photo
Moody High School racist photo. Just a joke? Image via social media.

Moody High School racist photo. High school principal Christopher Walters apologizes over image of six white students standing on black student facing down.

An Alabama high school has been forced to apologize after six white students posted a photo of them standing on a black student-seen facing down.

The photo taken last last week at Moody High School shows the teen boys in cowboy boots with an image caption below the photo saying, We got us one.’

The image soon went viral, with Moody High School Principal Christopher Walters insisting the picture was intended to be a joke.

‘We have confirmed that all students involved are friends and participated voluntarily in creating the picture, which they say was intended to be a ‘joke,” the educator told via AL.com.

Define joke? Define good taste? Define offensive? Define Alabama’s contentious racial history? Define stirring up a bee’s bonnet?

Reiterated the educator, ‘The picture is offensive and unacceptable, and it does not reflect the values of our school, our students, or our community.’

Of note, the photo was taken during the school’s ‘redneck day,’ last Friday.

According to one of the boy’s parents, the teens were trying to make fun of racist people when they posed for the photo. 

‘They really were making fun of racist people,’ Jennifer Kellum told via CBS 42.

Which augers the awkward question- are there are more positive ways to address racism? And since when did it become imperative of six Moody High School teens to address ‘racism’?

Moody High School photo: Taken out of proportion?

Responding to the brouhaha, Austin Glass -whose son who appeared in the photo with a maroon shirt with his foot on the other student, maintained he photo had been taken ‘out of proportion.’

‘If I could go back, I wouldn’t have took the picture,’ he added. ‘I probably wouldn’t have even dressed up for that day.’   

Nick Fuller, the black teen featured in the seemingly racist photo, apologized for the role he played. 

He stated: ‘I’m thinking about it now, but I didn’t think about it when we first took the photos. I’d still like to say sorry again for anyone I offended.’ 

Then again in a free society- should anyone really be obliged to be ever mindful of how one’s behavior might be perceived as being offensive or not? Never mind politically correct? Even if it’s just an ‘innocent’, ‘fun’, ‘joke’ photo behind closed doors – especially if it’s on a school ‘redneck’ day?