A yearbook photo of an East Bay high school teacher making a political statement by dressing up like slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin was stirring up controversy in the community Thursday.
Reactions to the photo among Heritage students were mixed.
“I think it’s ok that he did it, just not in the yearbook. I think he can do it at his house or on his Facebook. But not in the yearbook,” said sophomore Amber McKim.
“Yeah, cause it’s going to be there forever,” added her friend and fellow sophomore Sydney Veuve.
“I think it’s a good idea because he’s expressing himself. Because that’s the whole point of yearbook pictures, you’re supposed to express yourself,” said Alfreda Charway Heritage High School’s Black Student Union President.
But the yearbook is the year in review mostly for the students at Heritage.
“I think that’s very inappropriate for a yearbook. This is supposed to be capturing the best moments of the year. And all positive things,” said one mother who declined to give her name.
The few parents who talked with KTVU thought the yearbook was not a good place for this kind of statement.
What do you think about this teacher? Was it appropriate?