Students protest 'blacklist,' teacher put on leave

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Students at Fruita Monument High School walked out of class, in reaction to a video showing a teacher apparently talking about a "blacklist."

The teacher has been placed on administrative leave, but some of the students say the want to see harsher penalties.

Just after the bell rang before 10 a.m., dozens of students walked out of class to show their frustration with PE teacher Amelia Bornert was still present, after a video came out showing her talking about an apparent blacklist, with male student's names that girls should not date.

Some of the students argued that Bornert was just trying to advocate for female students at the school, but others say they would like to see her removed from the school altogether.

One student said he doesn't think the situation is being handled fairly by the school.

"They are reacting to it in a very inappropriate way. I think they are mishandling the situation. If the genders were flipped, the male teacher or coach, would be fired immediately. So that's what we want. We want equal treatment of everyone," said FMHS Junior, Max Belshe.

As of now, it's unclear how long Amelia Bornert will be on administrative leave.

School District 51 says it mainly just depends on how long the investigation takes, and there is a long term substitute teacher in her place for now.

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