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Assistant Principal Posts Offensive Tweet, Students Walk Out Of Class In Protest

| by Jonathan Constante

Students at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia, walked out of class on Monday to protest an offensive tweet posted by their assistant principal.

Michael LeMelle is a junior at Booker T. Washington. About a week ago, a friend of his showed him a screenshot of a very questionable tweet posted by the school’s assistant principal, Amy Strickland.

The tweet was a photo of seven interracial couples posing for prom pictures with the caption: “Every white girl’s father’s worst nightmare Or Nah?”

“Those comments should really be kept to herself,” LeMelle told WAVY News 10.

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While the tweet was originally posted by parody account “OrNahhTweets,” LeMelle failed to see the humor behind the joke and said he expects more from his assistant principal.

“She has to notice that she’s in a position of power,” LeMelle said. “So to make the statement publicly is unnecessary, to say the least.”

Students told WAVY that Strickland just joined the faculty at Booker T. Washington this year. According to her bio on the school’s website, she came from I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth. She was also the recipient of the 2014 City-Wide Teacher of the Year award.

About 10 to 15 students joined LeMelle in protest. They are taking the matter very seriously and want to know what Principal Adrian Day is going to do about it. Students also want to hear from Strickland herself.

WAVY.com tried reaching out to both Norfolk Public School’s spokeswoman Elizabether Mather and Principal Adrian Day to no avail. They were able to get a hold of Norfolk school board members Dr. Edward Haywood and Dr. Brad Robinson, who both said they had not heard of the offensive tweet.

Robinson called the issue a personnel matter but told WAVY.com that the school board is taking it seriously and looking into the matter; LeMelle and his fellow colleagues surely hope so.

“I could have been any one of the boys in the picture,” LeMelle said. “And I really don’t see myself, like I said earlier, as anyone’s worst nightmare.”

Source: WAVY News 10 / Photo Credit: WikiCommons, trekkyandy/flickr