High school teacher suspended for kneeling during pep rally
WOODLAND, Calif. (WKRC) - A teacher's political statement during her high school's pep rally caused her to be sent home and temporarily suspended, according to a report by The Sacramento Bee.
Wendy Pappas took a knee during Friday's pep rally while placing one hand over her heart with the other holding a Black Lives Matter sign. A sign in front of her read, "It's okay to disagree with every sign here."
The pep rally continued but Pappas was sent home from school later in the day. She was then suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.
On Tuesday, she was allowed to return to school.
The Woodland High School Principal wrote the following in a letter to parents:
"While teachers do retain certain First Amendment rights in their capacity as an instructor, such rights are limited by Education Code and case law. Their personal, political or religious beliefs are not appropriately expressed at school or in the classroom."