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Suspended Timberline teacher reacts to student organized protest in her support

Timberline High School Student Walkout
Posted at 11:07 AM, Sep 14, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-15 11:28:07-04

BOISE, Idaho — Timberline students staged a walk-out on Thursday morning showing support for suspended teacher Laura Boulton.

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Boulton, who was placed on administrative leave last week, was at the protest, which included about 200 students.

The protest was held during the fourth period, and students have now returned to the classroom.

"Thursday afternoon, I was asked to not return," said Laura Boulton. "Very kindly, very professionally by my superiors who escorted me out of my classroom to my car."

In response to media attention and social media posts, the Boise School District released a letter addressing Boulton's suspension which was sent to all District parents and staff members, as well as Idaho News 6.

Boulton says she hasn't heard from the district following her suspension but says she believes it's based on a situation that occurred back in December of 2021, despite the district saying the reasons are not based on anything prior to 2023.

"I have heard very little from them in the past two years, not much has occurred to rectify my situation," said Boulton. "And in the last 7 days, a lot has happened to get things moving along, but I want to make sure it's in the right direction for the sake of the students I'm doing this for,"

Students and parents are demanding transparency and want to know the reasons for the leave. Many told Idaho News 6 they plan on attending the next school board meeting to demand clarity.

"I want the Boise school district to take these reports seriously," said Stephanie Taylor, a Timberline High School parent. "It's a lot of kids, they have a lot of kids in their care, and they need someone to go to."

This is an ongoing story. We will continue to update it as more information comes in.