Kamiah students' walkout to support principal who was forced to resign

KAMIAH, ID - As a form of protest, several students walked out of class in support of a Kamiah High School administrator.

Reporter Sophia Miraglio learns both sides of the issue, as the cracks of racial tension begin to divide a community.

Armed with only picket signs, Native American students from both Kamiah High School and Elementary, walked out of class. It was in support of their beloved principal, who they believe is being forced to resign for unjust reasons.

"She was placed on administrative leave Wednesday morning and they're going to hold a meeting on Tuesday to decide whether she'll continue employment with the Kamiah School District," said Muriel Slickpoo.

KLEW News reached out to the school superintendent's office, but because of state law, personnel issues cannot be commented on. The peaceful protestors walked to the general council, where they interrupted the meeting.

"I'm going to take this five minutes to let everyone say how this is affecting them," said Youth Representative, Lindy Warden. "Not just me speaking as one person, because I don't represent all them they represent themselves."

One by one the students shared their love for Principle Lacy.

"We're looked down upon for being proud to be Native American," said a student. "That's all we're being is proud. And proud to see that's there's a principal that's Native American."

Protest supporters demanded that something be done for the first Native American Principal the high school has ever had.

"I would like to place a motion on the floor that would have NPTEC do an immediate action," said Mary Jane Souther.

Several people said that this motion and protest are the results of growing racial tensions between natives and non-natives in Kamiah.

But who's at fault...and can we blame them for not wanting to address the elephant in the room.

"If there is racism in the school it's both from white and non-white," said Abraham Broncheau.

The issue of race is dividing not only students, but also a community as tribal members disagree with one another at tribal council.

"I'm not going to have my kids fight that fight for her," said Pamela Steffy. "The school has gone out of their way for my daughter and her education."

And while many disagree, it's clear that the racial strain is now trickling down on the kids.

"A lot of the racial tension is starting to go through the school where it is affecting the student," said Pamela Steffy.

Principle Lacy is currently on administrative leave.