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Coach supporters speak out

Barton Community College student Luke O’Bryan, holding paper, and other supporters of fired cheerleading coach Debbie Warren, gather outside the college trustees meeting Thursday afternoon. The group of about 30 people was allowed to choose one person to speak for five minutes.

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More than 30 people walked out of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting, minutes after the meeting began Thursday afternoon. They had come to the meeting for one purpose: to express their dismay with last week’s firing of head cheerleading coach Debbie Warren, who had been at the college for 27 years.

Board chairman Dr. Paul Maneth said student Luke O’Bryan had approached him about supporters speaking at the meeting, and the students had agreed to have one spokesman who would be given five minutes at the beginning of the meeting. Their chosen representative was Gina ...

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