Rocklin Teacher On Leave After Questioning School Shooting Walkout

A Rocklin High School teacher is on paid administrative leave over her views about the national school walk out. 

Julianne Benzel says all she did was open up a debate about the politics of the protest in her classroom.

Benzel said she did not discourage students from taking part in the walkout. 

“And so I just kind of used the example, which I know it’s really controversial, but I know it was the best example I thought of at the time — a group of students nationwide, or even locally, decided ‘I want to walk out of school for 17 minutes’ and go in the quad area and protest abortion, would that be allowed by our administration?" 

“If you’re going to allow students to walk up and get out of class without penalty then you have to allow any group of students that wants to protest,” she said in an interview with CBS 13 News.

A Rocklin School District spokesperson said Benzel was put on paid leave because of "several complaints from parents and students involving the teacher’s communications regarding the student-led civic engagement activities.”

Watch her full interview here. 

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