Spencer Smith, a history teacher at Heritage High School in Brentwood, Calif., decided to wear a hoodie and hold up a pack of Skittles in an apparent tribute to Trayvon Martin for the school's yearbook.
According to local reporters, many students felt the tribute was inappropriate.
Smith hasn't spoken publicly about why he chose to do so, but the reactions have split the community.
Amber McKim, a sophomore at Heritage High School, told reporters that she thought the symbolism of it was fine, but would have rathered Smith do it on Facebook and not in the school's yearbook.
Alfreda Charway, Heritage High School's Black Student Union President, was supportive of Smith's decision however, saying that he was just expressing himself.
Students on Twitter are equally split about Smith's photo.
BuzzFeed reached out to Heritage High School's principal's office for comment.