A Louisiana high school student with a 4.2 grade point average had a scholarship endorsed withdrawn after a video of her “twerking” at a homecoming after-party was posted on social media.
Kaylee Timonet, 17, a senior at Walker High School in Walker, La., was also removed as student government association president in the aftermath of the video, which was filmed at the private event at Livingston Parish Country Club on Sept. 30, according to to local news blog Unfiltered with Kiran.
The video, which has since been deleted, reportedly showed the teen dancing behind a friend who was “twerking” at the after-hours bash, where Timonet’s mother was in attendance.
The DJ who played the party — and filmed and posted the video — told the outlet the dancing was harmless.
“How those kids were dancing was not bad. I have seen much worse,” DJ Savage said. “It was genuinely kids having fun.”
Timonet was called into the school’s front office on Tuesday morning and reduced to tears as principal Jason St. Pierre made her watch the video, the distracted teen told Unfiltered.
“They basically told me I should be ashamed of myself and that they were concerned about my afterlife if I wasn’t following basically God’s ideals, which made me cry even more,” she said.
“I felt like my life was over.”
After allegedly dressing her down in the meeting, St. Pierre also informed the star pupil he was withdrawing her application for the scholarship, which only goes to two students each year.
“All I was doing was having innocent fun. I was mortified,” Timonet said.
Her mother Rachel Timonet had her own meeting with the principal on Wednesday and was incensed that she wasn’t included in the initial meeting held with her minor daughter.
The mom took issue with the “unfair” punishment meted out to her teenage daughter.
“They had other people dancing in that video also that are on the dance team that nothing happened to. He said she was punished because she is the ‘hood-ornament’ of the school.”
Rachel Timonet also took St. Pierre to task for allegedly questioning her daughter about her religious faith.
“It’s a public school, not a private school. He has no right to discuss any sort of religion with my child,” the angry parent told Unfiltered.
The school community has rallied behind Timonet, selling T-shirts with slogans like, “Let the Girl Dance” and “I stand with Kaylee Timonet,” which have also been plastered across social media in solidarity.
The groundswell of support, Timonet says, has been a key part of helping her move past the humiliating incident.
“The video was not inappropriate whatsoever. I was just so afraid that people were going to hate me after that, so seeing that people were supporting me no matter what and seeing that my accomplishments were still noticed means the world,” she said.
Walker is a small town with a population of around 6,100 and is located about 22 miles from Red Stick.