A high school student has lost her scholarship after their school principal saw a video of her ‘twerking’ at a homecoming after-party.
Walker High School principal Jason St. Pierre faced backlash after punishing the student over the clip that showed her dancing with a friend.
The honor student, Kaylee Timonet, got reprimanded after a video of her was posted on social media.
The dancing video was filmed and posted by DJ Savage who worked at Livingston Parish County Club but even though it has already been deleted, the student can still feel its impact.
Defending the students, DJ Savage said: “How those kids were dancing was not bad. I have seen much worse. It was genuinely kids having fun.”
Timonet recalled her meeting with the principal, during which she was accused of ‘not following God’s ideals.’
Speaking on Unfiltered with Kiran, Timonet said: “They basically told me I should be ashamed of myself… which made me cry even more. I felt like my life was over.”
The student was not only reprimanded but St. Pierre also withdrew her application for scholarship, which is awarded to only two students per year.
“All I was doing was having innocent fun. I was mortified,” Timonet added.
She was also removed as Walker High School student government president.
Her mother, Rachel Timonet, also expressed her frustration with the way the school handled the situation.
“They had other people dancing in that video also that are on the dance team that nothing happened to,” she said.
“He said she was punished because she is the ‘hood-ornament’ of the school.”
The mom also slammed the principal for questioning her daughter’s faith, saying: “It’s a public school, not a private school. He has no right to discuss any sort of religion with my child.”
In a statement, St. Pierre apologized to the family and hoped that his meeting with them would rectify the situation.
He said that he will be reinstating Kaylee’s position on the Student Government Association as well as the scholarship endorsement for her.
Despite his corrective measures and apology, Rachel remained skeptical of the principal’s sincerity because of the time it took as the scholarship’s deadline passed on October 3.
“It’s too little, too late… the damage that he’s done to her is done,” she added.
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