A high school senior in Georgia was suspended from school after posting his principal’s mugshot on Instagram. After learning about the incident, Principal Jamille Miller-Brown called KeAndre Varner to her office and slapped the student with a four day suspension. “There was a violation of policy,” Miller-Brown told the New York Daily News, saying that she felt uncomfortable discussing the matter any further.
Jamille Brown-Miller’s mugshot was allegedly taken after she failed to show up to court for a speeding ticket. KeAndre Varner suggested on Instagram that it might have been for a DUI. But Varner’s mother, Nakesha Thomas, believes her child was suspended for passing around false information about his principal on the popular photo sharing site.
When another user on Instagram asked why Miller-Brown was arrested, Varner guessed wrongly that it was for a DUI. Miller-Brown wasn’t too happy about that — she says the mug was taken after she failed to show up to court for a speeding ticket. The student was originally given a four-day suspension. Miller-Brown later reduced that to two days.
She called the student to her office on Monday. “And she was like, ‘You said I got arrested for DUI.’ And I was like, ‘I think you got arrested for DUI,’” Varner said. He says that his principal even threatened to have him arrested, although Miller-Brown denies that claim. Varner insists that he didn’t go around sharing the photo with friends. “I put it right on Instagram and that was it,” Varner said.
“I didn’t like, really didn’t intend to defame her character,” the high schooler said. The student’s family is upset about the school days that he’s missed, saying that he needed that classtime to prepare for upcoming finals. A school spokesperson said Varner wasn’t suspended for passing along misinformation.
The school maintains that Varner used school computers to accomplish the deed — although Instagram makes it difficult to upload photos from a desktop. “Regardless of how he uploaded the photo, he still accessed the site,” said spokesperson David Waller, adding that social media sites are supposed to be blocked on school computers.
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