Mountain Home mural protest ends

Mountain Home High School students have ended their protest to defend student murals in the school parking lot — including a Black Lives Matter mural.

District officials said the protest ended Wednesday afternoon, and said the district and the students will work collaboratively on a solution.

The mural project began last weekend as a homecoming fundraiser — with students purchasing parking spots to paint. The school principal signed off on the fundraiser, KIVI TV reported Wednesday, but the district said students did not go through proper channels to gain approval.

But this week’s controversy centered on the Black Lives Matter mural. Counterprotesters waving confederate flags showed up at the school Wednesday, the Idaho Statesman reported, bringing fried chicken and watermelon to the student protesters.

“It was really the adults that blew it out of proportion and made it a problem, because none of the kids at school were bothered,” Tamia Williams told the Statesman. “My generation is very accepting.”

Williams, a Mountain Home senior, had painted the Black Lives Matter mural.

Here’s more about the story from The Associated Press.