WICHITA, Kan. (CBS St. Louis) – A senior class president who criticized his classmates’ usage of a Twitter hashtag regarding the school’s athletics program has been barred from most graduation activities.
Wesley Teague, senior class president at Heights High School in Wichita, Kan., has been suspended for the rest of the school year after tweeting a criticism about his school’s athletics program, comparing the hashtag to a non-existent college football team.
The Wichita Eagle reports that the hashtag in question – #HeightsU – has been used by Heights High underclassman in tweets about the school’s football team or other sports.
“‘Heights U’ is equivalent to WSU’s football team,” Teague tweeted last Thursday, referencing Wichita State University’s non-existent football team.
The tweet set off angry reactions from some students who thought that Teague’s sentiments were disrespectful. Shortly thereafter, the school suspended Teague. School officials indicated that there were threats of fights made toward Teague, because of the tweet.
“Wesley posted some very inappropriate tweets about the Heights athletic teams, aggressively disrespecting many athletes,” the letter from Monique Arndt, an assistant principal for the school, to Teague stated, according to the Eagle. “After reading the tweets and taking statements from other students it was found that Wesley acted to incite the majority of our Heights athletes.”
Teague, who has been a member of the men’s track team, is livid about the punishment and how the school has gone about it.
“It’s completely unfair, and I just think it’s a joke,” Teague said to the Eagle on Tuesday. “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.”
Teague’s story has gone viral in the past few days, prompting two new hashtags — #TeamWesley and #FreeWesley.