Spencer Smith is a history teacher at Brentwood, California’s Heritage High School and in an effort to make a political statement he dressed up as Trayvon Martin for this year’s yearbook photo.
But reactions have been mixed.
Alfreda Charway, the high school’s Black Student Union President, said it was “a good idea because he’s expressing himself.”
“Because that’s the whole point of yearbook pictures, you’re supposed to express yourself,” Charway told KTVU.
Sophomore Amber McKim thought it was “ok that he did it, just not in the yearbook.”
Parents, however, thought it was “inappropriate.”
One mom, who didn’t want to be named, said: “This is supposed to be capturing the best moments of the year. And all positive things.”
Smith has not commented on the photo, and the school is currently investigating it before they release a statement.