By JIM SULLINGER
The Kansas City Star
A teacher said an offhand comment about the shape of Florida led to his firing this week, but the Shawnee Mission School District said there were other incidents.
Now eighth-grade students at Mission Valley Middle School in Prairie Village will not let the firing of science teacher Ryan Haraughty fade quietly away.
A group of about 50 cut classes Wednesday and demonstrated for a second day outside the school waving homemade signs urging drivers along Mission Road to honk their support for Haraughty, whom the Shawnee Mission Board of Education fired Monday.
Haraughty, who worked for the school district for 10 years, said that the firing stemmed from a recent incident when he drew a picture of the United States and one of his students noticed that Florida was out of proportion. The student asked Haraughty about the error.
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