'Put the Panic Back in Hispanic' Robertsdale pep rally picture causing social media stir
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
A picture taken at a Robertsdale pep rally has stirred up controversy on social media.
The photo shows two students with the Robertsdale mascot holding a sign during a pep rally that says "Put the Panic Back in Hispanic."
A screenshot of an Instagram post was then shared on Facebook by Jennifer Vazquez, a senior at Robertsdale High School.
She said in her post, "This happened yesterday at our school pep rally. They know it's Hispanic Month. That's very disrespectful in so my ways. But it's funny to think that our school thinks it " OKAY " this is honestly what white trash looks like."
Myeshia Parker, a Foley High School student, took it upon herself to reach out about the post, sending an email to Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler.
"Thank you Myeshia for sharing this with me, I became aware of this last night," Tyler replied to Parker. "As a student, I assume you would agree that teachers and administrators are not always aware when a student might commit an immature, irresponsible act. This will be addressed by my assistant superintendent on Monday. This has no place in our schools. Again, thank you for the responsible, mature manner in which you have brought this to my attention. Have a nice weekend."
"This is not okay whatsoever," Parker said. "This is bullying and I just don't think this is okay."
Local 15 also reached out to Tyler and received the following statement.
We are aware of a photo that appears to be taken at a Robertsdale High School football pep rally Friday Sept. 15 that is circulating on social media containing political banners and unacceptable language. School administrators, as well as my office, are following up on the matter. – Eddie Tyler, Superintendent