People in Big Lake were enraged Tuesday, April 27 after a student’s racist prom proposal went viral on various social media platforms, including Snapchat and Facebook.

The post shows a teenage boy and girl holding a sign that read, "If I were Black I'd be picking cotton, but I'm white so I'm picking you."

The word ”Black” is set apart from the rest of the message in larger, thick, black-colored letters. The word “prom” follows the boy's message and is set in large letters, presented in Big Lake High School’s school colors, blue and yellow.

The Big Lake School District released a statement late Tuesday’s evening stating that it does not condone the behavior of the students and pledged to take the appropriate discipline action allowed under school district policy.

The District also stated it does not condone racism and is committed to equality and strong character taught as part of the District’s ”Hornet Way.”

The district released the following statement:


Jeff Hage is the managing editor of the Monticello Times. He majored in journalism at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.

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