Angela and her husband Mike weren’t ready when their daughter showed them a disturbing social media post on Thursday night.
They say the post shows their daughter’s high school classmate Aliso Niguel holding up a racist prom invitation, saying, ‘If you went to prom with me, it would take my breath away’ alongside a picture of George Floyd .
“There was a Black Lives fist on it and a picture of George Floyd and at that point I was like, ‘Are you serious? Are they making a joke of this?'” said Mike, whose daughter is dating Aliso Niguel high school. .
Their daughter is biracial and is also going to Aliso Niguel’s prom this weekend, and they don’t want the boy involved there.
“We really don’t want this kid to be with our daughter, plain and simple,” Mike said.
The ball is an event, says Angela.
“They’ve already been deprived of two years of high school because of COVID, and so the excitement they had – literally the night before – for prom compared to the excitement they had last night, or the loss they had last night was heartbreaking,” she said.
Angela and Mike say they informed Aliso Niguel’s management, as well as some members of the school board and the Capistrano Unified School District.
“The sign is disgusting, lacks cultural sensitivity, is deeply offensive, and does not reflect the values we seek in our school district,” the district said in a statement. “We serve a diverse community and value all of our students and their families.
“It’s heartbreaking and in cases like this, we work with the school administration to remedy the situation.”
Angela and Mike say they will respect the decision made by the district and the school.
But they also say their daughter has already experienced racism on campus and want justice in this case.
“We all make stupid decisions in high school and college, but at the same time, you have to teach her a lesson,” Mike said.
Angela added: “It makes me angry. I was trying to explain to my daughter, there are certain hills you have to be prepared to die on, and your respect and dignity is part of that.”