A photo op for a group of North Carolina high school cheerleaders took an ugly turn after members of the squad were reportedly overheard chanting the N-word and flashing a hand sign representing the racial slur during a football game.
The Wake County Public School System in Raleigh, N.C., said it disciplined Millbrook High School cheerleaders after parents brought the incident to the attention of administrators, WTVD reported.
The photo, obtained by WTVD, shows the squad – which includes both white and black cheerleaders — wearing ribbons in their hair smiling in their blue and white outfits.
Parents said they heard the girls chanting “N---a Nation” while snapping Instagram photos and flashing what appeared to be gang-style signs, interlocking two hands in the sign of an "N" during a break at football game in September.
"It's unacceptable," Millbrook High parent Nora Flynn told WTVD. "It's not the diversity we teach in our household. It's not the language we use. I would be very upset if that showed up on (my daughter's) Twitter feed or whatever it is."
While the school said the issue was addressed, it did not reveal what discipline was handed down.