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Controversial Robertsdale High pep rally sign makes national headlines

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A picture shows two girls holding signs and standing alongside the Robertsdale High School mascot. One sign is a "Trump Make America Great Again" banner. The other is a homemade poster that reads, "Put the 'Panic' Back in Hispanic." (Facebook) A picture shows two girls holding signs and standing alongside the Robertsdale High School mascot. One sign is a "Trump Make America Great Again" banner. The other is a homemade poster that reads, "Put the 'Panic' Back in Hispanic." (Facebook)

A controversial sign at a Robertsdale High School pep rally is making national headlines, and circulating across the country via social media. 

Tens of thousands of views are marked on screen shots of a post a Robertsdale High School student made promoting what many are now calling "racist, hate speech."

Now, people across the country, and in Baldwin County, want school officials to take a stand against the student's actions. 

The issue began Friday, when the student showed up to a pep rally with a sign that said "put the panic back in Hispanic."

The student posed with the sign next to another student holding a Trump banner, then the student posted it on Instagram with the caption that reads in part, "#dontgetbutthurt I'm honestly not gonna care if you do anyways."

After the pep rally, the student posted a picture of herself on Snapchat writing, "guess who didn't get jumped at the pep rally."

"I don't know why she posted that in the first place, it's really offensive," said Baldwin County Virtual School student Molly Leslie. 

Leslie spent three years at Robertsdale High School before transferring to online classes. She said she's disappointed to see how the student's actions are reflecting on the school and the system as a whole. 

The student has since apologized, releasing a statement through her family attorney, writing in part: "That wasn't my intention and was not meant for it to be taken that way. We played the Spanish Fort Toros on Friday night, I was meaning "panic the Toros" considering when I think Spanish I think Mexican or Hispanic."

"I don't believe her apology is genuine, honestly," said Leslie. 

The school system's handbook doesn't have a specific policy about student signs, but it does mention intimidation against a student's race will face disciplinary consequences. 

FOX10 News has reached out to Superintendent Eddie Tyler for an on camera interview about what actions may be taken, but has received no response. 

Some people said they'd like to see Tyler speak publicly. 

"Honestly, that upsets me, because I think this is a big deal, I think it was offensive. I wish more could be done about it. I wish they could say more, you know, that this isn't Robertsdale High School," said Elizabeth Johnson, a Robertsdale High School alumni.

So far, the school system has only released a statement saying it is following up on the issue. A spokesperson for the school system said that means administrators are looking at all of the facts of what happened. FOX10 News will let you know when a decision is reached. 

FOX10 News also reached out to the student's attorney for an interview Monday, but haven't gotten a response. 

In the meantime, some local activists are calling for the school to take action.

One of them is Nailim Sanchez, who is from Puerto Rico, but has lived in Mobile for 10 years.

She is pushing for locals to call the high school to push for further action to be taken. 

"The school is open all week, and if they aren't planning on doing something about, we need to keep pushing them to make sure the are doing something about it," said Sanchez. 

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