Virginia students walk out of class over ‘racist’ tweet

Posted at 9:53 AM, Nov 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-19 09:53:27-05

NORFOLK, Va. -- High school students in Norfolk walked out of class this week after they discovered a racially-insensitive tweet on a school administrator's Twitter page.

A Booker T. Washington High School assistant principal reportedly retweeted a June tweet that was originally posted by the parody account @OrNahhTweets.

Students discovered the re-tweet last week on their new assistant principal’s Twitter page, WAVY-TV reports.

A group of students walked out of the school in protest on Monday.

"The students have spoken, and of course, the NAACP supports the students that action needs to be just and swift," Joe Dillard, Norfolk Branch NAACP President, said.

The School Board said it would review the matter and would not confirm whether the assistant principal was the person who sent the tweet.

"The School Board is aware and takes the allegations seriously," Norfolk School Board Chairman Dr. Kirk T. Houston Sr. told "The Norfolk Public Schools administration is reviewing the matter for appropriate action."