A special panel looking into the firing of an Eastern Idaho high-school girls' basketball coach says that school officials should reinstate the coach.
In October, BW first told you about Laraine Cook being fired from her job as a Pocatello High School basketball coach, while her fiance, the Pocatello High School football coach, got off with a slap on the wrist.
The flap stemmed from a social media photograph that showed the boyfriend touching the chest of Cook.
Cook hired a lawyer and formally appealed through the school district's bargaining grievance process.
"I can't say that I think it's fair ... because of that picture that I never thought was immoral, for me to lose my job and possibly my entire career that I worked for," said Cook.
And now the Idaho State Journal reports that a grievance panel released a decision Dec. 23, concluding that Cook's firing should be rescinded, she should be reinstated as a substitute teacher immediately and she should be rehired as the basketball coach in 2014.
The panel also recommended that the Pocatello School District adopt a social media policy "to avoid confusion about standards of conduct."