(WTNH) – Two Simsbury High School students have posted a picture on the social media app Snapchat of their faces painted similar to the “blackface” look synonymous with racism.
On Saturday, a picture of two Simsbury High School girls was posted on social media with their faces painted in dark make-up similar to the “blackface” look that runs parallel with racist intentions.
Principal Andrew O’Brien says the girls were at home playing “make-up” with two boys.
Shortly after, the image was posted and the girls received backlash. The post has since been removed and the girls apologized explaining they didn’t realize the photo would offend anyone.
The prinicipal of the school issued a response which can be seen below:
Dear Parents, Teachers, and Community Members:
I am writing to inform you of a picture that has been circulating on social media of two of our students in dark make-up. The issue came to our attention yesterday and was investigated by our administrators. The two underclassman girls pictured had been at home playing “make-up” with two boys, and the boys applied multiple colors to the girls’ faces until they were completely covered. The girls thought this was funny, and shared their experience with friends online. Shortly after posting the image they received feedback that the image was offensive. The girls consulted with a parent who explained that their post resembled racially motivated “black face” images and should be taken down immediately. The girls quickly removed the image and posted an apology explaining that they didn’t realize that they could have offended anyone. In conversations with the girls and their parents we explained that images such as this are offensive and have no place in our school community. Disciplinary consequences were assigned as well as counseling sessions with staff members to increase their understanding of racial sensitivity.