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'The Joker' is back, this time in Longview

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Posters depicting President Obama in Joker make-up were first spotted last week on the downtown Tyler square. They were believed to be part of a radio show contest. But, this time the pranksters targeted Longview High School.

When Shadedric Timberlake drove her daughter to school Friday morning, she could hardly believe what she saw posted to the guard shack.

"It's 6:20 in the morning and I pull up and there's pictures of Obama painted as a joker," said Timberlake. "Then, I had my daughter with me and she said, 'Mom, I can't believe someone would do something like that.'"

School officials say a person or persons snuck onto the campus early and put up the pictures, seen by many students as they came in.

"We're trained every day to teach our kids respect and discipline and doing what's right and respecting the leaders of out country and the city," said Brian Bowman, with LISD. "And, then they see an image like this of the president."

Timberlake says the pictures had the phrases 'socialism' and 'infowar.com' added to them.

"Who could have done something like this?" said Timberlake.

Aside from the political protest aspect of the situation, parents are really angry that a school was the target of these images.

"The point is it shouldn't be acknowledged," said Brenda Woolridge. "It's not respectful at any point to anybody, not just the president, but to anybody. It's not respectful."

The images were removed by staff as soon as they were notified, but many are saddened that this kind of thing has reached a school.

"It's something we don't want our kids at Longview High School exposed to," said Bowman.

There are no clues as to who left the images, and no one has claimed responsibility.

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