Controversial tweet lands Tomball High School students in hot water
TOMBALL, Texas – If a picture tells a thousand words, the one taken at Tomball High School tells a tale of opposing viewpoints in a single frame.
Up close is Jodeci Williams a senior.
"Show, like, what is going on and the different views that are going on in our school," Williams said.
That's what Williams said she intended to show.
She's wearing black, has her fist in the air, she says, in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
In the background are fellow Tomball High students wearing T-shirts that spell "Trump."
"We posted it to Twitter and it blew up," Williams said.
"I'm the poster of the picture that went viral," Toni Trail said.
Trail said she posted the picture.
It's been re-tweeted nearly 800 times.
With it, came trouble.
Administrators at Tomball High School asked Trail, Williams and other students to take down the post.
This request came after parents of students in the background complained their children were being called names for supporting Donald Trump.
In a statement to KPRC, district spokesperson said,
“Students have periodically posted photos supporting various groups and have not been asked to remove photos from social media. In this instance, a group of students reported to campus administrators that a photo of them was posted to social media without their permission, which is against Tomball ISD’s Technology Acceptable Use Policy. This is an acceptable use policy issue and a student code of conduct issue.”
But Williams, Trail, and their parents, said they're being singled out, and won't remove the post.
"I did not, because I didn't feel like it was fair that he only asked me and Jodeci to un-retweet it when there were a hundred kids at school who re-tweeted it," Trail said.
"Our kids feel they're being singled out once again just because of who they are and the symbol that they made, which wasn't political, it was a social statement based on what they believe is fair," Hosea Harris, Trail's father, said.