Students hold protest in support of 'Trump parody' administrators

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A small group of Boulder Creek high school students protested after school Friday in support of two of their school’s top administrators.

About 15 students, along with one parent, stood on the sidewalk in front of their Anthem school holding signs and chanting, “Bring them back! Bring them back!"

The students were referring to Principal Lauren Sheahan and Assistant Principal Jay Kopas. The two were place on administrative paid leave after a Trump parody video they appeared in was leaked on the Internet and went viral, causing outrage among some parents.

The video was intended only to be seen by staff as an icebreaker for a meeting, according to Sheahan, who wrote an apology after the release of the video.

The students who protested do not support the video but they support their administrators.

"I think looking back, no, they shouldn't have made it. But I do not think dismissal is the correct option,” said Joseph Pitts, a Boulder Creek student.

The protestor were all in agreement that some form of discipline might be in order but they were all dead set against the pair being fired.

“I think that Ms. Sheahan and Mr. Kopas are both really loving figures at our school. I think that most students really like them and they’ve been around for a long time. I think that the video was in bad taste but it was simply just a mistake. I think that they should be reprimanded for it but at the same time they shouldn’t lose their jobs because of it,” said Erin Clanton.

Quite a few seniors were among the small band of protestors, including a few involved in student government who have frequent and direct contact with Sheahan.  

“I’ve been here since freshman year and the principal that’s at your school is supposed to be the one you walk with at graduation with. And I want to walk with Ms. Sheahan on graduation. I don’t want to walk with some stranger,” said senior Jacob Fields.

That sentiment was echoed by another senior, Kelsie Lee.

“I don’t want to stand up on the graduation stage at the end of my senior year and shake anybody else’s hand. I want to shake her hand and I want to say thank you to her. Because having such amazing leaders to look up to is why all of us are going to be on that graduation stage graduating,” said Lee.  

The student protesters said both administrators who are on leave should be judged by the years of positive things they have done at the school and not by one mistake, as they called it.

“We’re being led to believe that after the suspension they’re going to be fired and we don’t think that’s just. I think the suspension is enough,” said Mishaelle Felipe.

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