Laurens County’s School District Superintendent Clifford Garnto told 13-WMAZ, “we are truly disappointed in the choices of these students.” He said they are investigating.
The local chapter of the NAACP is seeking a meeting with school officials.
“Our Laurens County Schools Administration is fully aware of the derogatory photo circulating on social media outlets,” Garnto said in a message posted on the school district’s Facebook page.
While Garnto did not describe any discipline against the students, he wrote, “every action has consequences.”
Several people called or wrote 13WMAZ after seeing the photo on social media. It was reportedly taken at Friday’s West Laurens-Bleckley County football game.
In the photo, the five boys have painted jerseys on their chest, each bearing a letter that spells out a five-letter version of the N-word.
“Our Laurens County Schools Administration is fully aware of the derogatory photo circulating on social media outlets. We do not support, nor condone, any offensive actions of this nature. We are truly disappointed in the choices of these students. The environment and teaching at West Laurens High School fosters love and respect among our students for each other. What is observed in this picture is completely misaligned with the values of our school and community. Rest assured, the incident is being investigated. We have to be responsible for our actions, and every action has consequences.”