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Second Prosser School District employee placed on administrative leave

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PROSSER, WA - A second Prosser School District employee is now on paid administrative leave in the aftermath of controversial Facebook posts both employees made last week, regarding undocumented immigrants and the "Day Without Immigrants".

Reporter Rex Carlin went to Prosser to learn more. Prosser Heights Elementary Library Assistant Peggy Brown met with the district's superintendent this morning, where she found out she was being placed on indefinite paid administrative leave, making her the second PSD staff member put on leave in less than a week.

Rex Carlin spoke with Peggy and her husband as they got into their truck outside the school district office after the meeting, and she says her first amendment rights haven't been violated, and her and the district are on the same page regarding why she's being put on leave.

Superintendent Ray Tolcacher told Rex off camera this morning that right now, he has the safety of the students and staff at the top of his priority list, and didn't want to risk someone coming to look for Brown or Keene-Riverview Elementary First Grade Teacher Cheriese Rhode at school, so he feels right now the best option is to keep them away from the schools they work at.

Again, Superintendent Ray Tolcacher says this leave is indefinite, and the district will play it by ear to see when an appropriate time to send Peggy Brown back to work might happen.

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