Details are still coming in but Windy Pappas, a teacher at Woodland High, was suspended for kneeling during the national anthem at a rally.
As one parent posted on Facebook: “The community went nuts, demanding she be fired. What’s amazing though, is at the beginning of the year, at the same school, a teacher was arrested for Molestation of several students…. and it was bearly a note in the media, the community barely expressed outrage. Makes you question exactly what is really important… or it should at least.
“I don’t know who this teacher is, but I’m greatful she put her job on the line for kids like MY child, who has faced discrimination from both students and staff here in Woodland. And until YOU have a child come home in tears, because they faced racial predjudice, go ***k yourself with your negative opinion on kneeling. Educate yourself on the movement and why it matters.”
Ms. Pappas, who is a chemistry teacher, can be seen in the photo with signs that say, “It’s OK to Disagree with every sign HERE” and “Black Lives Matter” during the anthem.
The assembly reportedly continued but the teacher was later removed from her classroom and escorted off the school premises.
She told the paper that she had no regrets but did not realize that many would be angered by her actions.
“I felt like it was something respectful and supportive to our flag,” Ms. Pappas said. “I didn’t even think of it as a protest. I was taken off guard by the reaction.”
The district released a statement Friday afternoon that reads as follows: “We are aware that there was an unauthorized display during a Woodland High School rally on Friday. As a District, we’re using this as a learning opportunity to ensure we are all aware of the free speech rights of students and employees in schools.”
Ms. Pappas told the paper, “In general I promote students to express their opinions. I really feel like my students that are in my classroom know that. I told my students that all lives matter.”
—David M. Greenwald reporting