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Some Nampa Students Wearing Purple Monday in Support of Student Who Says He Was Bullied Over Jeans

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The Idaho Press-Tribune this morning reports the Nampa School District and Nampa Police Department are investigating an incident involving staff, a student at West Middle High School and a pair of skinny jeans.

Parents and friends of the male student said he was singled out by an instructor who characterized the boy's jeans as "girl pants." That triggered name-calling from other students, according to the boy's family. Parents said they approached the instructor on Oct. 22 but were unhappy with the response from the teacher, according to the Press-Tribune. That inspired a Facebook page entitled, "West Middle School owes an Apology."

The Facebook page is asking supporters of the student to wear purple to class Monday, Oct. 26.

The sister of the student posted the following on the Facebook page:
"I would like to let everyone know that these incredible children at my brother's school have decided to make this week Honor William Week! If your students go to school at WMS, make sure to have them in their purple shirts or skinny jeans on Monday and have them follow the themes all week in Purple! Thanks everyone! You rock!"
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Nampa School District said the teacher who reportedly made the comment has been threatened and four adults had to be asked to leave the grounds of West Middle High School after a verbal confrontation with the principal.

"We are hearing conflicting reports about what happened and we are gathering information so we can get a complete picture and take appropriate action if necessary," Nampa School Superintendent David Peterson wrote in a statement posted to the districts Facebook page. "We hope this can be dealt with swiftly and questions answered.”

The Nampa School District posted an update to its Facebook page Sunday night, stating, "The Nampa Police Department was contacted about the reported threats made against the teacher, the principal and now others. "

The Facebook update added that Peterson had already met with school and district staff and "directed them to begin interviewing individuals regarding the allegations and threats."