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High school student surprised by the backlash to his Trump-themed 'promposal
A Wisconsin high school student drew attention with a Donald Trump-themed prom proposal sign. (Image source: WDJT-TV video screenshot)

High school student surprised by the backlash to his Trump-themed 'promposal

A high school student in Wisconsin got a date to the prom, but he also got a lot of unexpected attention after a picture of his "promposal" sign stirred up a social media debate, WDJT-TV reported.

The post, which showed a picture of the Trump-themed sign that offended some, was taken down after receiving about 100 comments.

What was the controversy?

The unnamed student at New Berlin Eisenhower High School in Wisconsin chose a politically themed joke to ask his date to go to prom with him.

"Will you make my night Trump all others and let me deport you to prom?" the sign read.

The student who created the sign thought he was just making a fun joke and didn't expect to hear that numerous people were offended by it.

"Obviously, it's kind of a current issue, but not something we thought people would be taken aback by," Noah Birenbaum, a student who is a friend of the sign's creator, told WTMJ-TV. "It kind of makes me feel sad because I know the kid personally and I know he didn't mean any ill will toward people taking offense to it."

Another classmate, Mirzook Mohis, said the sign crossed the line on a sensitive issue.

"It was a sensitive topic and overall people had very polarizing opinions on it," Mohis told WTMJ. "Deport is a very strong term which references the illegal immigrants and many actions that are called upon them."

What did the school say?


New Berlin School District Superintendent Joe Garza issued a statement:

"Promposals" most often happen outside of the school day and off school grounds, as was the case with this one. That said, if any of our students or their families were offended by this photo, or in any other circumstance, we are always happy to have conversations with them and work to find ways to support them.

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