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Copiague school district probes ‘protest’ by 2 staffers

The Copiague school district is investigating an incident Friday involving two staffers of Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School who engaged “in a form of personal protest,” according to a statement released by district Superintendent Kathleen Bannon.

The school’s principal and assistant principals declined to say what prompted the protest and who was involved, and Bannon did not elaborate in her statement, citing legal concerns.

“Please be assured that neither the Board of Education nor district administration condones such conduct in the classroom in any fashion, and will take appropriate action in response,” Bannon said.

The local teachers union and the school’s Parent Teacher Student Association did not respond to requests for comment.

The incident, which Bannon said happened during a first-period class and “interrupted the educational process,” has sparked anger and speculation in online forums used by community members.

Several residents wrote that they planned to attend the district’s regular monthly Board of Education meeting Monday night to voice their concerns about the episode. But late in the day Monday, the district canceled the meeting, citing inclement weather.

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