This photo of a poem allegedly by a Baltimore City Public schools student has gone mega-viral, racking up an impressive 50K retweets and 100K likes. But there’s just one problem…

…the actual author of the poem, Joshua T. Dickerson, is 38-years-old:

Whoops. Dickerson even told the woman he’s the author of the poem, but she left it up:

She’s since apologized:

Dickerson tweeted that the poem was inspired by a real-life situation he witnessed where a student had to give up a shoe as collateral in order to borrow a pencil in class:

Wow. That’s “heartbreaking”:


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