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Houston High School Cancels Spirit Week After Social Media Backlash Against ‘Thug Day’

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Photos of Houston Memorial High School students wearing durags, cornrows and jerseys at a school-sanctioned "Thug Day" event have not gone over well on social media this week.

A Texas high school is in trouble after students arrived on campus dressed as “thugs” as part of Spirit Week or, as they called it, “Thug Day.” As many as 30 students went to school dressed in chains, jerseys, fake tattoos, or with cornrows, KHOU11 reports, before administrators announced they would cancel the rest of spirit week.

“We also used to have “Senioritas” which was a Mexican theme day in which many girls would wear Mexican dresses and boys would wear ponchos, sombreros and fake mustaches,” former student Monica Day explained to KHOU about previous Spirit Weeks. “During the theme day students would ‘act Mexican’ and ask other students if they needed their lawns mowed. One female student who I will not name went so far as to dress as a border patrol officer at school.”

As a result of outrage on social media over “Thug Day,” the remaining dress theme days of spirit week have been canceled at the school.

Administrators sent the following statement to all parents:

“Memorial High School has a longstanding tradition for its rising juniors to have special dress days during the week before finals to celebrate the fact that this student class will soon be seniors. MHS junior class officers worked together with students and administrators to create approved Monday-Friday dress-up themes: Hippie, Jersey, 2000s, USA/America, Hawaiian.

“On Tuesday, some rising juniors wore inappropriate dress and body/hair decorations as part of an alternative, unapproved response to the theme day. As a shared expectation about the theme was clearly violated, MHS has cancelled all remaining dress theme days for the remainder of this week.

“While the majority of rising juniors followed the approved dress theme on Tuesday, any instance of an inappropriate or offensive dress violation will not be tolerated. Students found to be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and dress code will be given a consequence.

“MHS is focused today on preparing all students for finals and ending the school year well.”