A California teacher has caused quite a stir within his community after dedicating his yearbook photo to slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin. The Brentwood’s Heritage High School instructor can be seen sporting a gray hoodie while holding up a bag of Skittles and a peace sign.
Spencer Smith, a longtime history teacher at the school, quickly became a hot topic in the hallways as yearbooks were handed out on Thursday. His political statement was met with mixed reviews from Heritage students and parents.
“I think it’s ok that he did it, just not in the yearbook,” sophomore Amber McKim told KTVU. “I think he can do it at his house or on his Facebook. But not in the yearbook.”
Alfreda Charway, Heritage’s Black Student Union President, said, “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.”
Parent Michelle Alameda explained, “I think you could take it different ways, but I think a high school yearbook as a teacher is not the place to make your stance.”
Photo courtesy of KTVU