Chemistry teacher Windy Pappas kneeled with two signs – one saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ and another reading ‘It’s OK to disagree with every sign here!!!’ – during a rally to kick off homecoming week at Woodland High School on Friday.
by James Wilkinson
(Daily Mail) – A California high-school teacher has been escorted off campus for kneeling through the national anthem during a school assembly.
Chemistry teacher Windy Pappas kneeled with two signs – one saying ‘Black Lives Matter‘ and another reading ‘It’s OK to disagree with every sign here!!!’ – during a rally to kick off homecoming week at Woodland High School on Friday.
‘I felt like it was something respectful and supportive to our flag,’ Pappas told the Daily Democrat. ‘I didn’t even think of it as a protest. I was taken off-guard by the reaction.’
The assembly continued after Pappas’ protest; she said she wasn’t aware that she had upset people until later that day.
After the assembly, a member of staff approached her in her classroom and walked her to her car.
Initially, Pappas didn’t know whether she had been suspended without pay, only that she would not be able to return to work until after an investigation.
‘It’s unnerving,’ she said. ‘I’m a single mom and that’s something I’m thinking about right now.’
On Monday the school confirmed to the Sacramento Bee that she had been placed on paid leave; she returned to work on Tuesday.
After Pappas’ removal on Friday the school district released the following statement: ‘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.’
and holding up Black Lives Matter sign during national anthem