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Students Boycott School in Response to A Teacher Being Fired

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Today, student solidarity had one Northern Michigan School practically empty.

Students say Christina Eanes, a former Northwest Academy teacher in Charlevoix, was fired this week. Students and parents feel the reason is unjust.

17-year-old Student Kody Neumann says he and Eanes got into an argument last week. Once things were resolved, she gave him a hug and a kiss on the cheek.

"We were arguing then she came up gave me a hug and kiss on the cheek and then walked away. Mr. Witherspoon asked me how I felt about it and I told him I wasn't uncomfortable, that's just how she is.  It's how Mrs. Eanes is; she's just a mother like that. It was a motherly gesture nothing more," said Neumann.

The student says the board then held a meeting, that he attended and they agreed to let the teacher go.

9&10 News reached out to the school, but they would not confirm why or how the teacher was fired. School leader Matt Saunders provided us with a statement:

"Thank you for your interest in NWA. Unfortunately, this is a personnel matter and we do not discuss personnel or personal matters. Thanks again for your interest."

Today, the small school had hardly any students there. Most came in the morning, and boycotted class. They signed themselves out with parents permission and met up at a local restaurant.

The students have a petition running right now, trying to get the board to reconsider their decision.

You can view it HERE.

9&10's Alyssa Gambla and photojournalist Erin Malone spoke to the students today to find out more.