SHINGLE SPRINGS (CBS13) – A local teacher is on paid leave after showing support for students who ditched their masks in the classroom.
Earlier this week, 50 students at Ponderosa High School protested the school’s mask mandate in what they’re now calling “No-Mandate Monday.”READ MORE: 'Thousands Of Dollars In Damage;' Sacramento Sideshow Organizer Arrested In North Natomas
Michael Wilkes, a business technology teacher at the Shingle Springs high school, said he chose to join the students by removing his mask during class. Later that day, he was told he was placed on administrative leave.
Michael told CBS13 he wasn’t surprised.READ MORE: Tracy City Council To Consider Appointing New City Manager At Upcoming Council Meeting
“Going into it, I knew obviously as a teacher, if I chose to support these students in protest, there would be professional consequences,” he said.
Now, Michael says he believes his job is at stake.
Lexi Wagner is also paying the price for the protest. The Ponderosa High School senior helped spur the movement. Her mom, Andi Wagner, says Lexi has been “removed from class multiple times and ultimately asked to find ‘alternative learning’ because she will not comply.”MORE NEWS: Bridge Demolition Will Close Interstate 80 in Solano County Overnight
Another No-Mandate Monday is scheduled for next week. This time, Andi says all El Dorado County schools will be involved, not just Ponderosa High School. In a Facebook post announcing the protest, she asked her followers to “Please share and let’s see those smiles.”