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Teen boys told to leave school over ‘blackface’ selfie say it was green acne medication

A pair of teenage boys who were ordered out of their private school over a ‘blackface’ photo row say it was actually green acne medication and are now suing the school for $20million (£14.3million).

The duo say they were forced out by staff after a photo showing them wearing face paint alleged to be discriminatory went viral last year in the wake of racial unrest in the US.

But the teens claim the ‘selfie’ picture was taken in August 2017 and actually showed their faces covered in green acne medication.

The boys and their families say St Francis High School told them they should leave or they would be expelled after the picture emerged, the lawsuit claims.

The California school says the pair left voluntarily and administrators did not believe the explanation that the photo was innocent, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

 
The lawsuit claims that a picture showing two of the boys wearing white acne medication was taken a day before
The lawsuit claims that a picture showing two of the boys wearing white acne medication was taken a day before (Image: SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA)

The two teens and their families are now seeking damages totalling more than $20million for defamation and breach of contract.

A third boy who is also in the picture went to a different school and is not involved in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that the boys have had their “reputations and young lives…crippled by the malicious and egregious actions of their own high school and members of its community”.

The row broke out last summer after the picture went viral as an example of racism at the school – just weeks after the police killing of George Floyd in June.

According to the suit, the school principal told the families that the decision to remove the two boys was based on “optics”.

 
The former students and their parents launched the lawsuit against St Francis High School after the viral image sparked outrage last year
The former students and their parents launched the lawsuit against St Francis High School after the viral image sparked outrage last year (Image: Google Maps)

But the pair claim the school’s action were a “virtue-signaling attempt to be perceived within the community as ‘fighting against racism’, regardless of the true facts and context”.

The suit, filed at the Santa Clara County Superior Court, added: “At no time did the boys engage in ‘blackface,’ nor did they intend to do so or mimic doing so.

“Neither A.H. nor H.H. [the boys] had even been aware of the term ‘blackface,’ let alone what it meant or signified.”

Blackface, which dates back centuries, is a form of theatrical make up which is meant to caricature or satirise a black person – often in a negative way.

It it now widely considered to be offensive and racist.

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