On Monday morning, some 70 kids protested outside South Fremont Junior High School, holding banners and demanding that their teacher return to the classroom.
Travis Angell, a health and PE instructor, has been on administrative leave for almost two weeks, students and parents informed EastIdahoNews.com, and a replacement teacher has been in his place.
“The school is being tight-lipped about what transpired. So many people’s lives have been transformed because of him. “The way he interacts and treats people has transformed my life, and we simply think he deserves his job,” said Nicholas Hansen, an 8th grade student who participated in the protest.
It’s unclear what led to Angell’s dismissal from the classroom, and Superintendent Byron Stutzman of Fremont School District 215 was out of the office on Monday.
“We really can’t say much about it because it’s a personnel matter,” Assistant Superintendent David Marotz told EastIdahoNews.com. “It’s all still in the works.” “We can’t really say anything since the superintendent is still working on things out of respect for the individuals involved,” says the superintendent.
Parents and kids are hoping that their actions will send a message to administrators that Angell needs to return to the classroom right away.
“Mr. Angell has gone above and beyond for my children. Travis is someone I’ve known for a long time. He’s a decent fellow. He adores his children. One parent stated, “He’s a terrific teacher who does not deserve this at all.”