Four South Carolina high school students attending a football game were punished by their school after they spelled out the word “RAPE” with their painted bodies and shared the image on Snapchat.
The four students, from Westside High School, took the photo at a game on Friday against D.W. Daniel High School, hence why the “rape” photo was captioned “What we do to Daniel.”
The game night had a theme of “Touchdown Against Cancer,” and the four students, two sophomores and two seniors, were part of a larger group of students who had painted “BUMP CANCER” spelled out on their stomachs, said Kyle Newton, a school district spokesman, to USA Today.
The school has not identified the students.
“They have not been expelled, but they have been punished,” Newton said. “This is not acceptable anywhere and anytime. … At best, this is offensive to just about anyone, and at worst this is traumatic to some people.”
But some Westside parents wondered why these students had not been immediately disciplined at the game.
“The assumption these young men seem to have made is that their position and privilege allows them to make ‘jokes’ about rape as a viable threat,” said a statement by district advocacy group Anderson 5 Citizens for Quality Education. “We trust that the school administration, the district and the parents involved would never condone either that implicit attitude or the behavior itself. We are puzzled, however, that no action seems to have been taken at the game, when these young men were standing proudly in front of attendees, the teams, and the coaching staff.”
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