A former Kansas State University student apologized after a Snapchat image of herself and another woman wearing a dark colored skin care face mask with a racially charged message sparked outrage among students.
The incident occurred Tuesday when Paige Shoemaker — seen on the right of the picture — used the social media app to send the image, local television station KSNT reported.
The photo shows both women wearing some type of black makeup or skin care product with a racial slur at the bottom.
The picture, along with tags to the university, ended up on Facebook and was eventually shared on campus.
“We want people to know this is not blackface. We did not paint our faces intentional,” Shoemaker told KSNT.
A student at the university sent an email to the school’s president informing the college about the image and an investigation took place, KSNT reported.
Shoemaker tried to explain her actions to KSNT. “I mean, not that this is a good thing but we kind of like, that word kind of happens in our friend group (because) we know that everyone is calm. We’re a big family so that word does not offend anyone in our group,” Shoemaker said.
Shoemaker was apparently a student at the university last spring, but was not enrolled this fall, the Kansas City Star reported.
Shoemaker issued a public apology on her Facebook page.
“We never intended for the picture to offend anyone. We had only meant for it to be taken in a funny way,” the post read.