04/26/2018 06:20 pm ET Updated Apr 26, 2018

Florida Teen's Racist Promposal Sign Appears To Inspire Copycat In Missouri

The signs both read, “If I was black, I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking u 4 prom?”

It looks as if a Florida high school student’s racist “promposal” may have inspired a copycat in another state.

Earlier this week, 18-year-old Noah Crowley, a student at Riverview High School in Sarasota, went viral for all the wrong reasons when he asked a girl to the prom by holding up a sign that read, “If I was black, I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking u 4 prom?”

Crowley’s parents and school officials decided he will not be attending any school activities for the rest of the year, but possible consequences haven’t stopped at least one other teen from doing the exact same thing. 

A student at Francis Howell High School in St. Charles apparently copied the verbiage for his own racist promposal, according to St. Louis station KTVI. 


School officials learned about the promposal on Wednesday after seeing a photo of the sign on social media, according to a statement sent to St. Louis station KSDK. The Francis Howell School District says an investigation is underway:

“The incident is being investigated, and while the District cannot share information about the discipline of specific students, any student that uses demeaning speech and language will receive consequences in accordance with the FHSD Code of Student Conduct.

“The Francis Howell School District and Francis Howell High School work to promote inclusion, acceptance, and equality for all students and staff.”

Francis Howell High School did not immediately return a request for comment from HuffPost.

Locals in St. Charles aren’t happy about the promposal, as the video below from KSDK demonstrates.