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VA High School Students Walk Out Over Principal’s Tweet Mocking Interracial Couples
Students at a Norfolk, Virginia, high school staged a walk-out Monday to protest a racially charged Twitter post mocking interracial couples, which has been sent out by a high-ranking school administrator who is white.
The social media message was shared by Booker T. Washington High School Assistant Principal Amy Strickland back in June, but it was only spotted on her page recently.
Miss Strickland, a recent hire at the predominantly black high school, retweeted a post from the satirical account @OrNahhTweets that featured a prom photo showing seven couples where all the women were white and all the young men were African-American.
The image was accompanied by a caption that read: ‘every white girl’s father’s worst nightmare Or Nah?’
‘I could have been any one of the boys in the picture,’ Booker T Washington junior Michael LeMelle, who is African-American, told the station WAVY. ‘And I really don’t see myself… as anyone’s worst nightmare.’
LeMelle was one of about a dozen students who walked out of their classes Monday to call the administration’s attention to the ongoing controversy.
As they should have…
For the past week, students at the school have been sharing among themselves screenshots of the incendiary tweet, which has since been deleted, along with Amy Strickland’s account.
Students said that they have appealed to the faculty last week to look into the retweet, but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
Norfolk School Board members told the news station Monday that they were unaware of the tweet until WAVY reached out to them for comment.
As for Miss Strickland, she has kept mum on the matter and has been staying out of the public eye, avoiding all meetings and public speaking engagements, according to students.
Shakira Harris said that she and her classmates do not necessarily want Strickland fired, but they believe she deserves to be reprimanded for her poor judgement.
‘Do something to let us know it has not gone unnoticed,’ Harris pleaded.
Nah, this b**** gotta go. Don’t let the doorknob hit ya…
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