Danville High parent upset by son's suspension after protest at school

Danville High parent upset by son's suspension after protest at school

DANVILLE — A parent of a Danville High School student said she's upset that her son was suspended following a protest at the school Tuesday afternoon.

Melissa Slores said her son, Keigan, went to school Wednesday morning and was told he'd been given a four-day suspension for loitering in the hall the previous afternoon, even though he had a hall pass.

Keigan Slores said it all began when word spread that a well-liked first-year teacher was being let go — a claim administrators said is untrue. He said around 30 students gathered in the teacher's classroom at the beginning of eighth hour Tuesday to protest.

"He was just cool," the 16-year-old said of the teacher, who taught English and helped with credit recovery after school. "He will help you when you need help with something."

Keigan Slores said administrators came to the classroom and told everyone to return to class. As students dispersed, he said, administrators held some of them back and told them they were being suspended. He said he and others were informed they were, too, when they returned this morning.

Melissa Slores said she doesn't believe her son or other students were out of line to stand up for someone they believe was wronged.

"They were protesting. They were exercising their right," she said.

Superintendent Alicia Geddis said the teacher wasn't dismissed, but she declined to elaborate because it's a personnel matter.

Geddis said around 2:10 p.m., a group of students was loitering in the hallway during class and caused a disruption to the learning of others.

"Students were directed back to their classroom, and most complied," Geddis said.

However, "several students became very insubordinate to staff," she said, adding they were disciplined accordingly.

Geddis declined to elaborate on the students' actions, but another student said she saw some kids yelling and cussing at staff.

School board President Bill Dobbles said in his nearly 50-year association with the district as a high school teacher and school board member, the district has never punished students for demonstrating peacefully.

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