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Black students held a protest by walking out of Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Va., after seeing an allegedly racist tweet on the page of assistant principal Amy Strickland, according to ABC13.

The tweet, originally posted by “@OrNahhTweets” on Twitter, was a prom picture of seven White females with seven Black males and the caption: “Every White girl’s father’s worst nightmare Or Nah?”

Strickland retweeted this posting back in June, but students noticed it recently when they were looking on her page.

President of the NAACP Norfolk branch Joe W. Dillard released a statement denouncing Strickland’s decision to retweet the offensive post and said the organization has launched its own investigation.

“We hold the administration accountable for their actions,” Dillard said. “We will not tolerate racism in this city and definitely not in the education system. Booker T. Washington High School is a fragile school; and the last thing we need in our community are students walking out of school in protest to racist administrators.

“The residence of Norfolk, the students of Norfolk and the Norfolk Branch NAACP ask for quick and just adjudication of Assistant Principal Amy Strickland’s behavior,” he added.

Michael LeMelle, a junior at Booker T. Washington told NewsOne, “Those comments should really be kept to herself.  I could have been any one of the boys in the picture.  And I really don’t see myself, like I said earlier, as anyone’s worst nightmare.”

LeMelle, along with a dozen other students, walked out Monday after their grievance was allegedly ignored by their principal and Norfolk Public Schools.

Strickland, who is currently on administrative leave, said the tweet was something she forwarded to her daughter last June, before she joined the Norfolk School System. She added that the intense media scrutiny and calls for her termination based on her allegedly racist actions are unwarranted and belie her history as an educator in predominantly African-American schools.

“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,” she explained in a statement.

“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,” she added.