WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Putnam County Board of Education members met in closed session for more than two hours Monday night before suspending a Winfield Elementary School teacher and terminating a teacher's aide at Winfield High School.
Denise Edwards, a special education teacher at Winfield Elementary, was suspended without pay for three days for what the agenda said was "insubordination, and violation of the Employee Code of Conduct."
Neither Edwards nor her attorney would comment after the executive session.
"Ms. Edwards is great. I'll stay until midnight or 1 a.m. if I need to," said Billie Jo Elder, of Buffalo, who said Edwards has been her son's teacher for about the past five years.
Elder wouldn't elaborate on what she believed the suspension was about because she didn't want to harm Edwards' case.
Cora Combs, a county bus driver, and Charles Edwards, an aide in Denise Edward's classroom, also both came to support the teacher.
"I don't know what it's about, but I told her I'd be here if she needed me to speak," Combs said.
Also at the meeting, school board members terminated Lori Harrison, a special education teacher's aide at Winfield High School. Superintendent Chuck Hatfield said it was a separate matter from Edwards's suspension.