Norfolk students protest principal’s offensive tweet
theGRIO REPORT - Virginia students walked out of Booker T. Washington High School on Monday to protest offensive tweets made by their assistant principal.
Virginia students walked out of Booker T. Washington High School on Monday to protest offensive tweets made by their assistant principal.
Several of the students took a screenshot of Amy Strickland’s tweet in question, and the image quickly made the rounds through the student population. The tweet itself contains an image of students dressed up for the prom. All the girls are white and the males are black. The caption reads: “Every white girl’s father’s worst nightmare.”
“I could have been any one of the boys in the picture,” said Michael LeMelle, a junior at the high school. “And I really don’t see myself, like I said earlier, as anyone’s worst nightmare.”
The assistant principal, Amy Strickland, is new to Booker T. Washington and had previously received acclaim as the 2014 Citywide Teacher of the Year in Portsmouth.
The students are waiting to hear from the school’s principal as well as from Strickland. A member of the school board has also stated that they are looking into the matter as a personnel issue.