V.A. Students Protest After Principal Sends Racist Tweet

November 18, 2014  |  

A group of students walked out of Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia to protest their new assistant principal Amy Strickand’s inappropriate online behavior.

According to WAVY 10, the students discovered a racist joke that Strickland retweeted on her personal Twitter page. The joke, which was about interracial dating, was originally sent out by parody account “OrNahhTweets.” The image features seven white teenage girls being accompanied to prom by seven black teenage boys.


Students are demanding to know what the school’s principal Adrian Day, who is Black, is planning on doing about the distasteful tweet.

“Those comments should really be kept to herself,” said Booker T. Washington junior, Michael LeMelle. “I could have been any one of the boys in the picture. And I really don’t see myself, like I said earlier, as anyone’s worst nightmare.”

“Many of the students have the screenshot now,” LeMelle continued. “She has to notice that she’s in a position of power. So, to make the statement publicly, is unnecessary, to say the least.”

LeMelle’s father, Michael LeMelle Sr. also spoke to reporters about the controversy.

“I quite frankly hold the council, school board and administration responsible,” LeMelle Sr. said.

School board spokeswoman Elizabeth Mather has not returned calls for comment.

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