Willows High students rally to save teachers' jobs

Mar 5, 2015 2:29 PM by News Staff

Police were called to stand by at Willows High School Thursday morning as hundreds of students rallied to save the jobs of two popular teachers.

The students held a protest this morning called ‘Naps for Paul", and instead of going to class at 8 a.m., students sat in the hallway to show support for Paul Gadbois and Paul Bailey.

According to the students, many were suspended for refusing to cooperate with Principal Holly McLaughlin's orders to return to class. Some students reportedly sat in the hallway until 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Gadbois and Bailey are on probation, and there has been talk that they will not be given tenure by the Willows Unified School District, which has upset the students.

McLaughlin would not comment on why the two teachers may not be given tenure, but students say it is because the district is trying to save money. Both Gadbois and Bailey refused to comment on the students rally.

A school board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Willows Civic Center.

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