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UPDATE: Bethel board will meet at Shasta Middle School

Parents and students unhappy over 'Buddy Day' and other changes

Posted: Feb. 13, 2018 12:16 AM
Updated: Feb. 13, 2018 5:32 PM

UPDATE: The Bethel board will meet at 7 p.m. in the Shasta Middle School cafeteria. The purpose of the meeting is to hear public comments. No decision will be made at this meeting.

Eugene, Ore. -- An overflowing crowd of parents forced the Bethel school board to postpone its meeting Monday night following a decision to change the way holidays are celebrated in the district.

At Monday's board meeting, parents began shouting at the board even before the public comments period began, according to the spokesman. Although they were asked to follow proper order, some in the crowd continued speaking.

Meanwhile, the boardroom became full even as more parents tried to squeeze into the space.

Eventually, the meeting was adjourned and most board members left. Some stayed behind, however, to hear parents' concern.

A spokesman for Bethel says some parents were upset over changes to the way the district celebrates holidays. On Wednesday, for example, students in one school will participate in "Buddy Day," not Valentine's Day. Another school is having "Friendship Week," and another school is having "Kindness Month."

The idea, according to the spokesman, is to "celebrate the virtues and values of kindness and friendship that are promoted on Valentine’s Day."

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