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NAACP probes assistant principal’s ‘offensive’ tweet

The NAACP is demanding answers about an assistant principal’s tweet that some Norfolk students say is racist.

Amy Strickland, the assistant principal at Booker T. Washington High School, re-tweeted a post by the parody account “OrNahhTweets” in June. The tweet was a picture of a number of high-school aged couples in prom apparel — all the males were black and all the females were white. The picture is accompanied by the caption: “Every white girl’s father’s worst nightmare.”

On Monday, a group of students at Booker T. Washington said they walked out of class in protest of the tweet, which they find offensive. Now, Norfolk Branch NAACP President Joe Dillard told WAVY.com he stands with the students, and he’s calling for action from the school’s administration.

“I’m proud of them. It’s very heroic,” Dillard told WAVY.com. “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 them in their actions.”

In a statement released Tuesday, Dillard said the NAACP is holding the school’s administration accountable and his branch has launched its own investigation into the matter.

“We will not tolerate racism in this city and definitely not in the education system,” Dillard wrote.

10 On Your Side reached out to the school’s principal, Adrian Day, the school district superintendent, several members of the Norfolk school board, the PTA, and the school’s communications director — and no one will say if Strickland is being investigated.

 

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