N-word banner hung outside Georgia high school in prank

This Wikipedia image shows the front entrance of South Forsyth High School in Cumming, Forsyth...

This Wikipedia image shows the front entrance of South Forsyth High School in Cumming, Forsyth County, Georgia. (McBrayn/Wikipedia)

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, Last Updated: 2:46 PM ET

The principal of a Georgia high school has said the students responsible for a "derogatory" banner hung outside the school ahead of graduation will be punished.

The banner read, "N---- we made it" - lyrics from a song by Canadian rapper Drake.

Principal Jeff Cheney said the banner was a senior class prank and was removed immediately.

"(We) deeply apologize for their behaviour," he wrote in an email to parents. "This is unacceptable and I promise you that the students will receive the appropriate consequences for their actions."

CNN reported more than 70% of the students at the school are white, 12% are Asian, more than 10% are Hispanic, and less than 5% are black.

Susan Newsome, who is the parent of a student, told CNN she hoped other parents would talk to their children "about how senior pranks should be lighthearted and clever, not mean-spirited and destructive."

The senior class also put a for sale sign on the principal's car.

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