Manual High School students conduct sit-in regarding principal's recorded comments

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- A peaceful sit-in was conducted at Manual High School on Tuesday morning. The protest comes after the principal was reprimanded over a recorded conversation with students.

The secret recording included comments Principal Jerry Mayes made about national anthem protests.

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Mayes told the students he is often pressured to hire more African-American teachers at Manual. District officials are conducting a "comprehensive culture and climate audit" of the school.

He says in the rush of the conversation, he may not have communicated exactly as hoped.

About one hundred students participated in the sit-in, they wanted their voices heard.

Principal Mayes released the following statement:

"This morning, we had a peaceful, but vocal sit-in of about 100 students. The event was orderly and was held without incident. The sit-in began at 7:25 and lasted until approximately 7:43 a.m. As our school policy states, students going to class after 7:40 a.m. must obtain a tardy slip. According to our attendance clerk, 117 students obtained tardy slips because of the sit-in."    
 

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