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History teacher poses for yearbook photo in hoodie, bag of Skittles

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A  California high school history teacher made a jolting statement in the annual school yearbook that’s stirring controversy.

Spencer Smith, a senior history teacher at Heritage High School in Brentwood, posed for his yearbook photo as slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, dressed in a hoodie and flashing a bag of skittles, according to KTVU.com.

The local station was on campus last week when the yearbook was released to report on the spirited debate among parents and students over the attention-getting move.

The reactions, as might be expected, were mixed.

“I think it’s a good idea because he’s expressing himself,” Alfreda Charway Heritage High School’s Black Student Union President said. “Because that’s the whole point of yearbook pictures, you’re supposed to express yourself.”

Most of the parents that weighed in were not in favor of the idea, according to the report.

“I think that’s very inappropriate for a yearbook,” one mom said. “This is supposed to be capturing the best moments of the year. And all positive things.”

Check out the coverage from KTVU and leave a comment.

Michele Kirk


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