In Commack, New York, school officials are currently investigating photos of high school students who have spelled out the word, “r*pe” that have been spread out on social media platforms.
The two pictures feature a few students, each having on a shirt that have a letter of the word. The second photo shows a student tied up on the ground with their shirt pulled up. Officials have found out that the pictures were taken for their “senior photo” event at Commack High School, placed on the setting of their athletic field.
They spell out the word and at the end of it, there includes a question mark. The second photo reveals another student coming in to replace the question mark with a period. They had been removed due to complaints.
The school district is appalled by the pictures, seeking possible disciplinary action because of their “inexcusable lack of judgment, and their actions are taken very seriously by the entire school community.
At this time, we are actively engaged in a comprehensive investigation to determine the full scope of this matter and whether or not this was an isolated incident.
At this time, it does appear that this is an isolated incident. Moving forward, and upon completion of our investigation, we will take the necessary and appropriate actions including, but not limited to, disciplinary and legal action if applicable.”
They released a public apology, saying that they “deeply regret the turmoil caused by the actions of these students, and know that it does not reflect the values of the rest of Commack High School or the Commack Community.”
These pictures have become a wake up call in the midst of everything going on with the NFL, which include cases of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. It is highly offensive to use social media to be joking about the topic.
A parent comments and says that it doesn’t look good to them, they see it and get upset. Another parent thinks although it was wrong, it was a good way to open discussions about it to contrast the rights and wrongs.
A sister of a student at the high school says that it’s horrible and that they should be punished since it is not a joke. Yet another senior comments that they’re all great kids, good students, and then calls it unfortunate.