Some California students rallied Wednesday to stop the transfer of a U.S. history teacher at Brentwood’s Heritage High School who was caught kneeling on video during a JROTC flag ceremony, KPIX-TV reported.
Following the incident, Rust received notice from the Liberty Union High School District superintendent that he would be transferred to a school across town.
“Transferring Mr. Rust is equivalent to silencing marginalized students on campus, especially students of color,” Rezahn Abraha, one of the students behind the petition and a member of the Heritage Black Student Union, told KPIX.
“He [Rust] expresses liberal viewpoints in a very conservative area and has thus become a target of slander sometimes within the student body,” Heritage High School student Carter Sims told KGO-TV at the protest.
“However, the first and foremost responsibility of the administration of Liberty Union High School District is to provide a safe, sane and the best possible learning environment for our students and for our teachers,” Volta told KTVU-TV.