Mountain Home superintendent to students: 'I support the protest'

School board meeting after Mtn. Home protests.

MOUNTAIN HOME - A day of protests at Mountain Home High School on Tuesday culminated in a meeting of the school board.  

All day, students staged a silent sit-in at the high school parking lot over a painted parking space with a Black Lives Matter theme.

The spot, like many others, was purchased as part of a fundraiser for homecoming.

The artist had her design approved by the principal ahead of time. 

There was a counter-protest across the street that prominently featured Confederate flags. 

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Mountain Home School District Superintendent James Gilbert sys it's not the content of the murals that is the problem - but the request to paint the parking spots would have been denied if it had been made through the proper channels.

Gilbert cites communication breakdown among school officials as the issue.

"Students, you did absolutely nothing wrong. I support what you're doing, I support the protest," Gilbert told a packed house at Tuesday night's school board meeting.

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