Rivers' discussions with students "were unprofessional, outrageous," said Brad Dacus, the group's president. "No parent should have to worry about that sort of bombardment on their child."
The board, which fired a teacher three years ago for showing an R-rated movie in the classroom, agreed. Despite a recommendation from district administrators that Rivers receive a reprimand, the board voted 3 to 2 to fire the teacher. Rivers learned of the decision in late September.
A crowd of 200 students and teachers waved placards outside the board meeting, shouting, "Two, four, six, eight--we demand a reinstate!"
"We're not third-graders--we're young adults," said Roberta Hillebert, Center's student body president and a protest leader. "They're saying that tolerance should be preached but never reached. It's giving us the message that you can't come forward and say, 'I'm different.' You have to hide because otherwise society will go against you."