MODESTO, CA - Protestors balked when school officials fired a beloved campus supervisor in Modesto over her role in breaking up a student fight.
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On Thursday afternoon, dozens of supporters rallied outside Modesto High School calling on the school board to reinstate Jackie Munn. Supporters of Munn said they believe the campus supervisor was fired in retaliation for speaking out about employee raises, and that the excessive force accusations were just an excuse.
However, the family of the boy at the center of the controversy said Munn got what she deserved.
"I just want them to know that we were so hurt, and now all they're doing is bringing everything back. We're going to have to relive it all over again," Mary Sanchez said of the protestors.
Sanchez said her son Gino got into a fight with another student in March. She hoped the incident was behind her.
"I know I messed up," Gino Sanchez admitted.
The boy said the other student had been bullying him and provoked the fight. He said two other campus supervisors had already restrained him when Munn jumped in.
"They had me on the ground, and I had my hands down, my face towards the ground, and she just jumped on my back, and she told me that if I like to hit girls and stuff like that, and I just told her, I didn't tell her nothing," Gino Sanchez explained. "I just told her just to get off me."
"I wish he would have walked off, and none of this would have happened, but what Jackie did was wrong," Mary Sanchez said. "She used her authority and her force to hurt him."
Gino Sanchez said Munn hurt him.
"She landed like on top of my back, and then I had my hands behind my back, so my face hit the ground as soon as she jumped on me," Gino Sanchez explained.
As a result of the fight, Gino Sanchez eventually transferred to another school and Munn was placed on paid leave pending an investigation. Then, last week, the school board voted to dismiss her.
Munn's supporters said she was a great mentor and feel she was singled out for complaining about administrative pay raises in the local paper. They want the board to reverse the decision.
"There's just nothing to be out there protesting," Mary Sanchez said. "She got fired. They should just let it be."
A union representative for Jackie Munn said Munn was removed from paid leave on Oct. 23 following the school board's decision to dismiss her. The school district said the board will make its final ruling at its next meeting Nov. 12.