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George Floyd-Themed Proposal to School Dance Sparks Outrage: ‘Take My Breath Away’

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A teenager’s George Floyd-themed dance proposal has sparked outrage and prompted an investigation by school officials in Nevada.

A photo captured the female student brandishing a poster that includes a drawing of Floyd in what appears to be a school sports field. The poster says: “If you went to SADIES w/ me it would take my BREATH away.”

The image sparked outrage after it was shared across social media platforms such as Facebook and TikTok.

Foothill High School in Henderson said the school and the Clark County School District had launched an investigation into the proposal for its Sadie Hawkins dance.

“Foothill High School and CCSD are aware of the matter and are currently investigating,” the school wrote in a message posted on its website.

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“Foothill and CCSD will not tolerate racially insensitive behaviors that contradict an inclusive community and impact the school culture of our students.

“As you are aware, Foothill High School and CCSD cannot comment on individual student matters or discipline, we assure you the issue is being addressed.”

Jshauntae Marshall, the co-founder of the No Racism in Schools #1865 campaign, told KTNV she was “angry” and “saddened” by the incident.

“It’s a really difficult pill to swallow,” Marshall said. “We have to digest it every time something like this happens.”

Marshall pointed to the resources offered by the campaign, which include guides on how to handle such situations.

“The education will continue at both the school and community level,” she said. “We have a turnaround plan that has been started, and we want to make sure that she understands—as well as everyone else in the district—that it is a no-tolerance zone, period.”

Marshall has been contacted for additional comment.

The incident comes after the Los Angeles Police Department launched an investigation into allegations that a Valentine-themed meme of Floyd with the caption “You take my breath away” was circulating among officers.

The LAPD said it was looking into claims that a department employee had created the image.

The department’s chief, Michel Moore, said the investigation would determine the accuracy of the allegations while “reinforcing our zero tolerance for anything with racist views.”

Floyd, a Black man, died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than 8 minutes while he gasped that he couldn’t breathe. His death last May sparked protests against police brutality and racial injustice across the U.S. and around the world.

A poster depicting George Floyd on Hollywood Boulevard on January 20 in Los Angeles. His death last May sparked protests around the world.
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