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August 23rd, 2012
11:03 AM ET

Get Real! School's 'Seniores & Senioritas' event called insulting, insensitive

A high school in Anaheim, CA is under fire for what they call 'Seniores & Senioritas' day, an annual celebration for the senior class.

This year, some students dressed as gang members, one dressed as a pregnant woman pushing a baby stroller. Others were dressed as the border patrol. The Los Angeles Times had a picture from the school on its homepage today.

Canyon High School now taking a lot of heat for allowing the demeaning costumes during senior week. It happened for the last three years at the school.

According to the LA Times database of California schools, a racial breakdown of the school shows 55% are white students, with about 16% Latino. School officials say next year the event will be replaced with an international week, plus administrators will undergo diversity and sensitivity training. The school will also offer an ethnic studies class.

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  1. Mark Newsom

    My guess is that the students took it the way of insensitivity (probably trying to be funny or cute) and the teachers simply let it slide. I bet the intention was not what materialized. Below are the cultural heritage celebration months on the calendar. The list does not include "day" observances simply to keep the list down in size. Do you see any that are NEVER observed? Do you see any that get huge visibility and any that get no visibility? Are there any cultural groups that are missing? Why is "American" left out of two of them? Are there any cultural groups that we will probably never see on the list? Do you think we celebrate cultures with equality. All people should be able to be openly proud of their heritage but that is not the way things are.

    National Black History Month
    Irish-American Heritage Month
    Greek-American Heritage Month
    Jewish-American Heritage Month
    Asian Pacific American History Month
    National Hispanic Heritage Month
    Polish-American Heritage Month
    National Italian-American Heritage Month
    German-American Heritage Month
    National American Indian Heritage Month

    August 23, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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