Students outraged over Virginia high school assistant principal’s ‘racist’ tweet

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NORFOLK, Va. (PIX11) — Students are outraged over an offensive retweet they found on their assistant principal’s now-deactivated Twitter account — and now the NAACP is getting involved.

Amy Strickland, assistant principal of Booker T. Washington High School in Virginia, retweeted a post by the parody account @OrNahhTweets, WAVY-TV reported.

The post shows what appears to be high school students on the day of their prom. Seven white females are seen posing with seven black males. The caption for the photo is “Every white girl’s father’s worst nightmare Or Nah ?”

Strickland retweeted the post in June, but students just found out about it last week after going through her account, the station reported. Students who found the post to be racist even walked out of school Monday in protest.

The NAACP has since shown support for the students and called for action from the school’s administration.

“I’m proud of them. It’s very heroic,” Norfolk Branch NAACP President Joe Dillard told WAVY-TV. “A lot of people now say the youth is not engaged and that action proves that’s not true. The youth are actually very engaged especially at Booker T. with that action, and I want the youth to know that we are standing behind him in their actions.”

The organization also launched their own investigation into the matter, as school officials say they are reviewing the incident.

“The School Board is aware of and takes the allegations seriously. Currently, the Norfolk Public Schools administration is reviewing the matter for appropriate action,” Dr. Kirk T. Houston Sr., Norfolk school board president, told the station.

It is unclear if Strickland is still working, but she still appears on the high school’s website, which says she won three teacher of the year awards in 2014.

Strickland “looks forward to making a difference at, and serving the students of Booker T Washington,” the website says in her biography.



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