Haywood High principal, vice principal suspended amid student protests

HAYWOOD COUNTY, TN (WMC) - The principal and vice principal of Haywood High School were suspended following protests by students.

"I think it's tremendous progress. I think our voices are heard," pastor Undrae Johnson said. "When you stand in unity it brings about one sound that will let people know that we are standing as one."

Students staged a walkout Monday morning following a series of Snapchat photos with racist material.

Students said the social media posts surfaced after it became public that a baseball player was involved in an interracial relationship.

The students said the posts were made weeks ago and the school's administration knew about them. In fact, the students said school administrators punished the guilty parties by having them write a 10-page essay.

"I'm really happy because they [school administrators] didn't take action when they were supposed to. Now they are facing the consequences," student Malik Green said.

Superintendent Joey Hassell said the school is investigating the post and they are working with Brownsville Police Department to keep the school a safe environment. He also said the students who protested will not be punished for their peaceful demonstration.

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