A Nevada High School said it is investigating after portraying a student with an offensive reference to the death of George Floyd in an invitation to a dance.
In the photo, a female student is standing on a field holding a poster that reads, “If you went SADIES w / me, it would take my step away!” A drawing of Floyd is under the poster next to his name.
It is unclear where and when the photo was taken, but it prompted a joint response from Futhill High School and the Clark County School District.
“Foothill High School and CCSD are aware of the case and are currently investigating,” school administrators said in a statement. “Foothill and CCSD will not tolerate racially insensitive behaviors that are contrary to an inclusive community and affect our students’ school culture.”
The school district issued a similar statement on Facebook, stating that officials could not comment on personal matters involving students, but the incident was “being addressed.”
The principal of Fendrill High School, located about 15 miles southeast of Las Vegas in the city of Henderson, did not immediately return a request for comment on Tuesday.
Floyd, a black man, died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25 after the then officer Derek Chauvin stabbed his neck for about nine minutes. The video shows Floyd repeatedly on the ground saying, “I can’t breathe.”
Chauvin and three other officers involved were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department and charged in connection with Floyd’s death.
The Foothill High School incident comes a week after the Los Angeles Police Department stated that after launching an internal investigation, officers shared a Valentine’s Day photo of Floyd with the caption “You take my breath away.” “
The department said it is looking into whether the image was created by a police employee.
“At this point the department has not identified or identified any actual posting in the workplace that it was actually the image our department employee created. We have raised the apparent existence of the image and surveyed those working for it Have ordered to do. ” Wrote in LAPD Feb 13 Tweet.
“If an employee or supervisor is found it is directed to capture and identify the attendees. The department will have zero tolerance for this type of behavior.”