Students Protest Teacher's Dismissal

1 decade 1 year 9 months ago Wednesday, March 28 2007 Mar 28, 2007 Wednesday, March 28, 2007 9:32:26 PM CDT March 28, 2007 in News

But, the protesters aren't getting many answers about why the school board let her go.

Instead of going to class students urged Belle citizens to 'Honk for Jamie'.

"I got sunburned because I've been out here all day," said protester Greg Vowels.

Students joined Vowels to show the community how much Coach Jaime Ridenhour meant to them.

"I'm in support of Jaime; I think that she was wrongly accused of, we really don't know what she was accused of and they just wouldn't offer her contract back," said teacher Terry Jeffries. "They said she wasn't good enough to be a tenured teacher."

The reason the students from Belle High and Bland Middle School were protesting is because Jamie Ridenhour's last evaluation is just about perfect.

"Devastated, I think the whole community is irregardless of the few people on the board that thought she didn't deserve tenure," said Jamie's mother Stephanie Ridenhour. "I think the community and the students are voicing their opinion."

As for Ridenhour herself, she didn't speak, but let the students do it for her.

The students are willing to fight for her job even with possible suspension at stake.

"I don't care, it's worth it. It seriously is," said Vowels. "I mean Jaime was an awesome teacher, and I don't want her to go."

The students are hoping the protest will make the school board vote again.

Ridenhour's father is a member of the Maries R-2 school board.

He could not vote to break the tie to let her keep her job.

A board member KOMU reached said no one would comment on the case due to state regulations.

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