Teens Awarded $1 Million After Being Accused Of Wearing Blackface That Turned Out To Be An Acne Mask

acne mask lawsuit
Superior Court of California

Just some bros who take care of their skin.

Two teenagers were kicked out of their private Catholic school in California after a picture went viral that appeared to show the then-14 years old wearing blackface.

The only problem is, it wasn’t.

It all started back in 2017 when the students snapped a selfie while wearing a green acne mask during a sleepover. The mask apparently goes on light green, but then turns darker when it dries.

But when the photo resurfaced in 2020 in the middle of the George Floyd protests, the teens were kicked out of their $20,000+ per year private school, Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, California.

The teens then filed a lawsuit against the school, alleging breach of contract along with defamation and First Amendment violations and claiming that they were wearing the acne masks “in solidarity with a friend suffering from severe acne.” And they even provided a screenshot of the purchase of the “Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask” that they had applied to their face.

Well this week, a jury in Santa Clara County awarded them $1 million, finding that the school breached its contract with the students when it kicked them out for the selfie.

After the verdict, the boys’ attorney praised the jury for holding the school accountable:

“This case is significant not only for our clients but for its groundbreaking effect on all private high schools in California, which are now legally required to provide fair procedure to students before punishing or expelling them.

The jury rightly confirmed that Saint Francis High School’s procedures were unfair to our clients and that the school is not above the law.”

But the school (obviously) disagreed, saying that they’re exploring their options for appealing the verdict.

I mean, what do they have against dudes who take care of their skin?

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