A high school in Nevada said it was investigating after a student was photographed with an offensive reference to George Floyd’s death in an invitation to a dance.
In the photo, a student poses on a field with a poster that reads: “If you went to SADIES with me, that would take your BREATH away!” A drawing of Floyd is at the bottom of the poster next to his name.
It is not known where and when the photo was taken, but it prompted a joint response from Foothill High School and the Clark County School District.
“Foothill High School and CCDS are aware of the matter and are investigating,” school administrators said in a statement. “Foothill and the CCSD will not tolerate racially insensitive behavior that contradicts an inclusive community and impacts the school culture of our students.”
The school district posted a similar statement on Facebook, saying officials could not comment on individual matters involving students but the incident “was being resolved.”
The principal of Foothill High School, located about 15 miles southeast of Las Vegas in the town of Henderson, did not immediately return a request for comment on Tuesday.
Floyd, a black man, died in Minneapolis custody on May 25 after then-agent Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. The video showed Floyd on the floor saying repeatedly, “I can’t breathe.”
Chauvin and three other officers involved were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department and charged with Floyd’s death.
The incident at Foothill High School comes a week after the Los Angeles Police Department announced it was opening an internal investigation after officers allegedly shared a photo of Floyd for Valentine’s Day with the caption “You cut me off. breath.”
The department said it was investigating whether the image was created by a police employee.
“At this point, the ministry has not identified any actual post in the workplace or indicated that it was actually an employee in our department who created the image. We noted the apparent existence of the image and directed orders to investigate the workplaces, ”the LAPD wrote in a Tweet of February 13.
“If found, an employee or supervisor is asked to take ownership and identify those present. The Department will have zero tolerance for this type of behavior.”