Three Farmington High School senior girls on the school’s basketball team in Illinois have been suspended for two games – or more – for flashing an obscene hand gesture when their senior photo was taken, according to a Yahoo! News sports report on Friday.
Basketball players Jessica Settles, Taylor Wassi, and Julie Broadway appeared in a photo of the senior girls on Farmington’s basketball team and flashed what is offensively known as the ‘shocker’ – bending one’s ring finger and leaving the other digits outstretched. In some circles, the hand sign has extremely vulgar connotations involving female sexual stimulation.
Settles, a senior point guard on the Farmington team, addressed the suspension on Twitter by tweeting that Farmington’s administration shocked the three girls. She allegedly followed her message with an offensive hashtag, #f---Farmington, which most likely did not help any defense she hoped to muster. When a neighboring community’s basketball player asked what happened, Settles messaged on Twitter again, writing that she was “suspended two games for shocking ‘em in our team and senior picture – LOL” – which was accompanied by a copy of the picture (which accompanies this article).
The hand gesture received attention – far and wide – when Wichita State’s men’s basketball team’s cheerleaders displayed the ‘shocker’ sign on television during the Shockers’ Final Four run last March.