One of Six Arizona Girls Suspended for ‘Nigger’ T-Shirts Photo Issues Apology

Six girls were punished after sharing the smiling photo with the racial slur through social media.
Six girls were punished after sharing the smiling photo with the racial slur through social media.

An Arizona girl suspended after she and her friends spelled out the N-word with their shirts for a photo has come forward to apologize after the snap caused nationwide outrage. 

Six students at Desert Vista High School in suburban Phoenix were suspended after using gold tape to spell their slur with two letters marked out with asterisks during senior picture day on Friday.

Rachel Steigerwald, the young women in the photo wearing the letter R, attended a rally with civil rights groups outside the school on Monday where she apologized for her actions but said that she isn’t racist.

“I have come here to say that I am incredibly, incredibly sorry,” she said according to AZ Family.

“I have love for everyone in my heart. I am not a racist and I’m asking everyone for forgiveness.”

School officials and social media users around the world said they were “outraged” by the glib use of the hateful word, though others are calling for harsher punishment.

An online petition at change.org has demanded that the six smiling girls, whose shirts were part of a larger message about senior class pride, should be expelled and had more than 42,000 signatures as of Monday night.

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Source: New York Daily News | CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN