About a dozen students at a Virginia high school walked out of classes Monday to protest a racist tweet they believe was sent by a school administrator.
The students from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk said they were upset about a retweet from the administrator, which included a picture of a group of black males and white females, dressed for a formal event, and the caption, “Every white girl’s father’s worst nightmare,” reports local outlet WAVY-TV.
Students said they saw the tweet recently, though it was posted several months ago, says 13News Now.
“Those comments should really be kept to herself,” high school junior Michael LeMelle told WAVY-TV, referring to the administrator, who isn't being named by The Huffington Post because she hasn't officially been accused of wrongdoing by the school.
LeMelle told 13News Now that students had raised their concerns with the administrator, but didn't get a response. "This was the only actual way we could get someone's attention, was to walk outside. It shouldn't have come to this, but she's avoided all meetings and public speakings and emails, just avoided them all," said LeMelle.
13News Now reports that the Twitter account of the school administrator has been deleted. The administrator's account retweeted the image from the parody account, “OrNahhTweets,” according to reports. It's unclear from where the image originated, says WAVY-TV.
Elizabeth Mather, senior director of communications at Norfolk Public Schools, told The Huffington Post that the district was looking into the matter.
“We did have students protesting an alleged report about a staff member, we are aware of the allegations, and we are reviewing the matter for appropriate action,” Mather said by phone.