Local student reacts to Marianna High School administrator's suspension

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JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Community members, including students, filled the Jackson County School Board meeting Tuesday to comment on allegations against Marianna High School Assistant Principal Sybil Rivers, who's accused of abusing a student.

Locals, students and others filled the Jackson County School Board meeting Tuesday to share comments about a Marianna High Adminstrator's suspension.

"The assistant principal at Marianna High School was suspended without pay based on my recommendation," said Jackson County Superintendent of Schools Larry Moore.

Moore also recommended the board remove Rivers from her position. He said they cannot release any details about the incident while the investigation is ongoing.

During the meeting, Rivers claimed she was innocent but the victim's mother, Chrissy Nelson, said her daughter was traumatized.

Many locals weighed in on the situation as well. Marianna High student Keyshunda Young believes Rivers should still be paid and keep her job.

"She made me feel very welcome," said Young. "She loves me as if I was her own. I know that she's a great person and that she believes in the Lord. At the end of the day I just ask that we pray and we hope for the best."

Moore said the board will decide whether or not to terminate Rivers during a public hearing with her attorney.

We reached out to Rivers and Nelson for comment but neither responded. Moore said they have not selected a date for the public hearing yet.

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