School investigates whether black student was told to be quiet for complaining about 'n-word pass' class project
A high school students' "N-word pass' project (Facebook photo).

A school district in Arkansas is investigating whether a black student was told to be quiet after he complained about fellow students' class project that involved giving white people permission to say the n-word.

Local news station Fox 16 reports that officials at the Pulaski County Special School District are investigating whether a teacher at the Sylvan Hills High School sanctioned students' proposal to create an "n-word pass" as part of a class project on entrepreneurship.

The school launched its probe after an image of the students' project -- which features images of Martin Luther King, Jr. and former President Barack Obama -- went viral in a Facebook post.

"It has come to our attention that a class project at the North campus was not handled according to PCSSD policies, beliefs and code of conduct," the school district said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. "This is our only comment at this time as we continue to investigate the matter."

According to Shi Wesley, the woman who originally posted about the project, the teacher in the class initially laughed when the students brought up their idea and told them to go ahead with it.

When a black student in the class objected, Wesley says, they were told to "sit down and shut up by the teacher."