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Parents and students still looking for answers after Riverside principal is put on leave

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Dozens of people showed up to the rally. Dozens of people showed up to the rally.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Still no answers and some frustrations for parents and students at Riverside High School after their principal, John McCoy was placed on paid administrative leave. The actual reasons still remain a mystery, but in a letter from the superintendent dated May 3rd, it says, "Dear John, as you know, I recently became aware of allegations involving your conduct."

On Friday morning, there was a special board meeting at the high school. Concerned parents and previous school teachers showed up with protest signs but couldn't go into the meeting because the agenda said board members would go into an executive session to "review the performance of a public school employee."  KHQ tried to confirm if it was about John McCoy and have not received an answer.

On Friday night, concerned parents, previous teachers, and students rallied together to support John McCoy.

"He's just a good guy, great personality," said Alexis Stehlar, a student at Riverside High School.

John McCoy has been the principal at Riverside since 2003.

Nobody knew about the administrative letter. "I found out on Facebook and that was pretty disappointing. Why as a parent was I not notified?" said Amanda Stehlar, Alexis' mom.  

Amanda is upset by the entire situation, both as a parent and for her daughter Alexis. "I was excited to have my kids graduate from where I graduated but now I'm thinking about pulling them," said Amanda.  

"We just assumed he was on vacation," said Alexis.

KHQ tried to get more answers about John McCoy, and why parents were never notified. The administrative office was closed on Friday after the closed special board meeting in the morning.

However, not everyone is on McCoy's side. People have taken to Facebook, saying, "I was judged by McCoy without once being able to defend myself. It was political and I was out."

Another parent contacted KHQ saying that they didn't support the rally and would like the district to continue the investigation without problem.

But for Amanda and the 40 some other people who showed up to the rally, "We need change, something has to change," said Amanda. They will keep pushing forward.

KHQ reached out to the superintendent and the district to try to get some questions answered but did not hear back on Friday. KHQ reached out to board members too and heard back from one but he said he would not comment on to what will happen next, if the board meeting Friday morning was about John McCoy or why parents weren't notified about the administrative leave letter before it got out to media.  

The superintendent has said in the past that she can't answer questions about the investigation because it's a personnel issue.

KHQ reached out to John McCoy's lawyer on Friday and their statement remains the same from nearly a month ago. They say they have not been provided with any specific  information regarding allegations of misconduct from the school district other than the administrative leave letter given to McCoy on May 3rd. 

There will be a board meeting on June 23rd. KHQ will continue to update this developing story. 

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