Students Walk Out In Protest Of Vice Principal’s Racist Tweet (VIDEO)

Amy Strickland, vice principal of Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia, decided it would be funny to retweet “every white girl’s father’s nightmare” along with a picture of seven white girls and their black prom dates.

The tweet went out last June, but students just recently discovered it. After being ignored by the district school board, a dozen African-American students walked out of their classes carrying protest signs.

Strickland, a former teacher of the year, has issued a statement via her attorney, explaining herself and apologizing for the tweet:

“The ‘tweet’ appeared to me at the time to have been an attempt at good natured humor concerning mixed race couples attending a high school prom because I have two daughters who in fact did attend proms with African American dates, I casually forwarded the ‘tweet’ last June to one of those daughters. Media reports suggesting that I am racially prejudiced are one thousand percent false, as my record and my many students, colleagues, friends, and family members who are African American can and, if necessary, will attest. I deeply apologize to anyone I have inadvertently offended.”

Her lawyer said the tweet was an attempt at “good-natured humor.”

Michael Lemelle, one of the students who walked out, told WVEC:

This was the only actual way we could get someone’s attention, was to walk outside. It shouldn’t have come to this, but [Strickland] avoided all meetings and public speakings and emails, just avoided them all

Whether a poor attempt at a joke or a bigoted attack, a school administrator should definitely know better.

H/T: WVEC  Image Via Twitter

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