After a video of her “twerking” at a homecoming after-party was shared online, a scholarship recommendation for a 4.2 GPA high school student from Louisiana was removed.
Following the release of the video, which was shot at the exclusive event at the Livingston Parish Country Club on September 30, Kaylee Timonet, a senior at Walker High School in Walker, La., was also relieved of her duties as president of the student government association, according to the neighborhood news blog Unfiltered with Kiran.
At the after-hours party, when Timonet’s mother was present, the adolescent was apparently seen dancing behind a friend who was “twerking” in the since-deleted video.
The party’s DJ, who also recorded and shared the footage, assured the media outlet that the dancing was safe.
It wasn’t horrible how those kids were dancing. I have witnessed far worse,” added DJ Savage. “Really, it was just 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 distraught 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.”
St. Pierre allegedly humiliated the star student in the meeting and informed her he was withdrawing her scholarship application. There are only two students awarded the scholarship each year.
“I was only enjoying myself inadvertently. Timonet said, “I was ashamed.
On Wednesday, her mother Rachel Timonet met separately with the principal because she felt left out of the initial discussion with her young 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 Baton Rouge