Noah Crowley's promposal has generated a lot of anger on social media. The 18-year-old can be seen holding a racially offensive sign for his date-to-be. Needless to say, the image has been shared over and over again, and the reactions are flowing in.

His sign said...“If I was black I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking U 4 prom?” 

To most, this is clearly offensive and makes me want to scream.

"But high school students do have free-speech rights, which are typically stronger in off-campus contexts than on campus or at school events," Fred Smith Jr., an associate professor of law at Emory University, said in an interview.

“Students have free-speech rights when they’re on campus, but they’re much greater when they’re off-campus,” Smith said. “Just like the rest of us, students have the ability to say things that are offensive. And the reason why we have free speech is to protect unpopular views. That’s why it’s there. Given that he was off of the school campus, the mere fact that his speech was offensive would strike me as an insufficient basis for the school to punish him.”

Tracey Beeker, a spokeswoman for the school district, said that the high school senior will “more than likely” face disciplinary measures.

There may have been a disruption at school, but is this cause for school discipline? Isn't it free speech even though it offends almost everyone who reads it?

Would you discipline your child? Would you care about free speech or would he/she be disciplined because it's hurtful?

What are your thoughts?


Noah Crawley’s parents released a statement to HuffPost on Tuesday saying that the teen will not be attending school activities for the rest of the year, including the prom and graduation.

While our son has apologized himself, on behalf of our family, we wish to also express our most sincere apologies for the terrible words used in his ‘promposal.’ We love our son dearly and know that he is a far better person than reflected in this reckless behavior. That said, as loving parents, we also feel compelled to share our own deep regret and serious concern about his actions. After numerous familial conversations and lengthy discussions with Riverview High School administrators, we have jointly agreed that our son will not be attending any further school activities or functions, including the Prom or graduation ceremony. As a family, we truly recognize this incident is a very difficult but important life lesson and pledge to do all we can to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again. Certainly, we hope that all of the people and communities who were hurt and offended will forgive our son and family.”