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By Kent Larsen

West High Teacher's Story: Student's Were Disruptive

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The West High School teacher who had three students escorted from her class, says that the students refused to follow instructions and were disruptive, according to a press release from the Salt Lake Teachers' Association, the union which represents teachers in Salt Lake City and which is giving the press the teacher's version of the incident. Her claim is significantly different than the claims of the students, who say the teacher didn't want them reading the Book of Mormon during a free reading time in class.

Currently, the teacher is on administrative leave waiting for the conclusion of the school district's investigation of the student's claims. According to the students, she told them they couldn't read the Book of Mormon during a free reading period on Tuesday, November 7th. The teacher then called school security to remove the students from class, saying that they were causing a disruption. Word of the incident soon hit the press and the families of the students hired Salt Lake City lawyer Frank Mylar to represent them.

But the Salt Lake Teachers' Association now says the students are wrong about the details. They defend the teacher, who has a different version of the events. The teacher says that the incident didn't happen during a free reading time, but during normal class time, when the students were supposed to be studying Nataniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter." When the teacher asked six students in the class to put away their copies of the Book of Mormon and take out the Hawthorne text, three refused and became disruptive, she says.

The school district is currently investigating the differing versions of what happened, and is expected to complete its investigation tomorrow.


Union: West Students Were Disruptive
Salt Lake Tribune 11Nov00 D2
By Ashley Estes: Salt Lake Tribune


West teacher gets administrative leave
Deseret News 15Nov00 D2


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