Robertsdale pep rally sign causes controversy

One student, Jennifer Lopez said that it was disrespectful and ignorant.

A controversial social media post from a Robertsdale High School student has gone viral.

The photo shows two students with the Robertsdale High School Mascot holding a sign during a pep rally that says "Put the Panic Back in Hispanic."

The caption of the photo on Instagram says, "Put the Panic back in Hispanic. #dontgetbutthurt I'm honestly not gunna care if you do anyways so #sorryboutit"

The Robertsdale Bears football team played the Spanish Fort Toros Friday, Sept. 15.

One student, Jennifer Lopez said that it was disrespectful and ignorant.

"I don't see a point in why they did that because there not really that many Hispanic people in my school and they knew it was like Hispanic month."

On Facebook, Lopez shared the pep rally photo saying "That's very disrespectful in so my ways. But it's funny to think that our school thinks it " OKAY " this is Honestly what white trash looks like."

Domingo Soto, A lawyer representing one of the girls captured in the photo says the point was not to insult classmates.

"This is a kind of sophomoric joke that's kind of just gotten out of control."

Soto explains that his client was trying to poke fun at the opposing football team, Spanish Fort.

The student wrote an apology note saying:

It wasn't my intention and was not meant for it to be taken that way. I apologize for the publicity and misunderstandings that it has brought to our school.

The Baldwin County School Board responded to the matter by saying it was unacceptable language and that they will be following up on the matter.

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