MODESTO, CA - Students, alumni and supporters of campus supervisor Jackie Munn will meet at Modesto High School Thursday, where they plan to spend the afternoon peacefully protesting what they see as wrongful termination.
"I know a lot of people are going to be out there supporting her," 2012 Modesto High graduate Celes Magana said.
Magana couldn't believe it when she heard the school board had decided to fire her favorite campus supervisor.
"I was shocked because Jackie's not the type of person that would do what they're saying about her," Magana said.
In a statement, the school district said its decision was based on neglect of duty, insubordination and violation of a statute.
Jackie Munn declined News10's request for an interview, but the head of her union said this all stems from an accusation of excessive force back in March when Munn helped break up a fight between students.
"The student was breaking loose, and Jackie was pushing the student back down," California School Employees Association Chapter President Aaron Castro said.
However, Castro insists the district had ulterior motives for firing Munn.
"The CSEA believes this is a direct retaliation against Jackie for her newspaper article, letter to the editor in February of 2013," Castro said.
In that article, Munn advocated raises for campus supervisors and called out district office employees who had received substantial raises. Now, many are hoping to raise public awareness with the protest.
"This is a big deal to everybody 'cause she's been there for us since forever, and she's done a whole lot," Modesto High School senior Tiki Tonga said.
"I wanted to step in to help her out because she helped so many people out," Magana added.
The school district said the public will also be able to make comments at the next school board meeting on Nov. 12 before the board makes its final ruling.