Officials have disciplined a group of students who papered the school with more than 100 posters advocating a white student from South Africa for the school's "Distinguished African American Student Award."
Spokeswoman for the Westside Community Schools district, Peggy Rupprecht, said administrators at Westside High School discovered more than 100 of the posters throughout the school first thing Monday - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
She said administrators believed the content of the posters was inappropriate and insensitive to some members of the school community.
Citing privacy policies, Rupprecht said she could not specify what the penalties were or how many students were disciplined. But the mother of the boy pictured on the posters said he was suspended for two days.
Rupprecht said the award has been given the last eight years to an outstanding black student as part of the school's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration.
Karen Richards said her son, Trevor, and his friends were not trying to hurt anyone and that the poster was "a very innocent thing."