Normally, final exams cause enough stress and anxiety in and of themselves. However, one biology exam at Roswell (New Mexico) High School reportedly caused an uproar at the school after a screenshot of one offensive question began circulating.
“Why are niggers black?” the question read.
“When I first saw it, you know, I was just taken back, like. You know, this isn’t right, I’m not reading this right,” Justice Adler, a student at the school, told KOB 4. “And then I kept reading it over and over again, and I just got so angry.”
The news station reached out to the school district and the state’s Public Education Department. They were told that officials were reviewing a student whom they believe “altered and tampered with an end-of-course exam.” The Education Department added that “no such question exists on the N.M. end-of-course exam” and that there was “no breach of the testing platform.”
“Minorities aren’t just words,” Justice said. “Like, we are, we are people. Like, we have feelings.”
Others in the community are reportedly shocked at what took place at the school.
“It’s just really ignorant, you know,” Roswell resident Valarie Flores told the news station. “I hope his parents or her parents have a talk with him and just explain, you know, fun and games, you could be hurting a lot of people.”
“I have black grandchildren, OK, so it just doesn’t affect black people,” Teresa Roden-Delgado, another resident, said. “I am not black, but my grandchildren are and it affects everybody.”
Read more at KOB 4.