Outrage at Snapchat photo showing black Alabama student being ‘lynched’ by white friend

A photo on Snapchat showed a black high school student in Alabama being ‘lynched’ with a rope by a white peer. The rope hangs around Wade Sturgeon’s neck in the photo, while a boy named Jordan grabs the rope. The boys, who are friends and students at Curry High School, have since spoken about the incident, calling it ‘stupid.’ Their mothers have also come forward, addressing the controversy. A photo on Snapchat showed a black high school student in Alabama being 'lynched' with a rope by a white peer. The rope hangs around Wade Sturgeon's neck in the photo, while a boy named Jordan grabs the rope

Samantha Blackenship was identified locally as Jordan’s mother.

She said she’s sorry for his behavior, AL.com reported.

The mother issued a statement to the website which said: ‘I am the mother of the boy in the picture taken in the Curry locker room.

‘I want to start out with saying my son is no racist, and I will not tolerate any kind of racist behavior from him. I am dealing with him and his punishment.

‘I also want to add he and the boy in the pic have been friends since elementary school and they are both where goofing off when they did this.

‘My son is young and definitely did not think about what the consequences of such behavior would be. He is learning very quickly.’

Jordan apologized on Instagram, AL.com reported, saying: ‘We just planned it as a joke.

‘It was stupid for me too post something like that in the first place. I just wasn’t thinking.’

The boys were suspended, and are now going to complete senior year at an alternative school

Carol Spurgeon is Wade’s mother and told WVTM she’s disappointed yet no malice was intended by the photo.

She told the TV station: ‘I know there have been some very negative things said about Jordan but my son was standing there just the same as Jordan.

‘Jordan didn’t force Wade to do it, Wade didn’t force Jordan to do it, nobody forced the kid to take the picture.

‘It is something that happened, it was stupid, it was very ignorant on all three parts but they are 17-year-old kids and they have a lot of mistakes left to make yet.’

Her son Wade also talked to the news outlet, saying: ‘It was just a stupid decision by both of us, we shouldn’t have done it.’

He said: ‘We didn’t mean to offend anybody by it, it was just me and him joking around like we usually do.’

The two boys were suspended, and are now going to complete senior year at an alternative school, according to WVTM.

Walker County Superintendent Jason Adkins said in a statement to the news outlet: ‘All involved, from the two students in the picture to the one that actually took it have all been disciplined.’

Source: The DailyMail

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