PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – A picture of a white Prairie View A&M Student with her face wrapped in black tape has drawn ire nationwide, prompting school administrators to address the issue Thursday.
A spokesman for Prairie A&M confirmed to KPRC2 that the woman in the picture is currently enrolled as a freshman at the university and is a member of the soccer team.
The picture, which the student posted to social media, shows her face covered with black tape, with the caption, "When you're tryna fit in at your HBCU." HBCU is an acronym for Historically Black College and University.
In a statement, Prairie View A&M President George C. Wright acknowledged the picture and the backlash it's received, writing, in part, "we have a duty to educate our community to always try to act in a responsible manner and recognize that speech does have consequences."
The picture has since gone viral, with calls, by some, for the student's expulsion. Students on campus gathered Thursday night to discuss the matter and brainstorm ways for the campus community to unite following the response to the picture.
"The slander and stuff like that, it's just not how you respond to things. It's just bad. You don't do people like that," said Christopher Light, a junior at Prairie View A&M.
Other students expressed discontent with the picture and questioned why it was posted in the first place.
"Why would you do something that you know people are going to feel a certain type of way," said Bryant Harris-Williams, a sophomore.