Amy Strickland, an assistant principal at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Va. is in a mess.
One of her tweets went viral in a very bad way.
According to Opposing Views, the tweet in question was originally posted to a parodyTwitter account called “OrNahhTweets.” It featured a picture of seven interracial couples that looked to be posing before a school dance.
Strickland’s caption for the photo was, “Every white girl’s father’s worst nightmare Or Nah?”
While obviously meant as a joke, the photo clearly touched a nerve with students at Booker T. Washington High.
“I could have been any one of the boys in the picture,” Michael LeMelle, who attends Booker T. Washington, said of the tweet. “And I really don’t see myself, like I said earlier, as anyone’s worst nightmare…Those comments should really be kept to herself.”
LeMelle was the leader and organizer of a student-led walkout, in which 10 to 15 Booker T. Washington students walked out on classes in protest of Strickland’s comment.
“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.”
LeMelle wants the school board to take action against Strickland, and according to WAVY-TV, they are considering it.
While district spokeswoman Elizabeth Mather and Principal Adrian Day couldn’t be reached for comment, two board members said that, although they hadn’t been appraised of the tweet, the school board takes such matters seriously and is looking in to it.
Strickland, who was the recipient of the 2014 City-Wide Teacher of the Year award, just recently joined the faculty of Booker T. Washington High School, having come from I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth.
Courtesy of Conservative Tribune