Suspended for tweet

Suspended for tweet

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Suspended for tweet


On May 2, Wesley Teague, the senior class president at Heights (Wichita, Kan.) High School, sent out the seemingly innocuous tweet above.

The tweet was a dig at the “Heights U” moniker that some of his classmates have adopted in reference to the school’s athletics teams. To fully appreciate the burn, you have to know that Wichita State (WSU) doesn’t have a football team.

The tweet drew some angry responses, which led to follow-up tweets, which led to Teague being suspended for the rest of the year.

Wait, WHAT?

It’s true. The Wichita Eagle reports that Teague was suspended for the remainder of the school year and most graduation activities.

“It’s completely unfair, and I just think it’s a joke,” Teague told the paper. “It’s a 100 percent truthful tweet and it wasn’t meant to offend a single person or group of people. … I only meant that ‘Heights U’ doesn’t exist because it doesn’t. We’re not a university.”

Heights school officials sent a letter to sent to Teague and his parents explaining that he was suspended because he “acted to incite a disturbance.”

“Wesley posted some very inappropriate tweets about the Heights athletic teams, aggressively disrespecting many athletes,” the letter said. “After reading the tweets and taking statements from other students it was found that Wesley acted to incite the majority of our Heights athletes.”

A Wichita schools spokeswoman told the Wichita Eagle that there were threats of fights in the school after Teague’s tweets.

“I guess I hurt a group of people’s feelings … and I got suspended for the rest of my senior year,” Teague said. “People get their feelings hurt every day.”

In the aftermath of the suspension, those who support Teague have started using the #FreeWesley hashtag.
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