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Wasatch Elementary halted earlier lunch seizures

Wasatch Elementary says it blocked two similar attempts by a district employee before Uintah lunch seizures.

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The leave "felt so unkind and so unfair to her," Hoopes said. "It sent a message to parents and the community that she had done something wrong."

District leaders have said the employees were not placed on leave for disciplinary reasons, but some parents felt they were stigmatized.

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Hoopes, however, said some parents have also been dismayed at how other aspects of the situation have been handled.

Uintah’s principal, Chelsea Malouf, sent an email to some parents earlier this month warning them about talking to the media.

"Every time one of you speaks on camera, radio, or for a newspaper, you tie Uintah to this story as the perpetrator of injustice," Malouf wrote.

"... This media publicity puts every child and staff member at Uintah at risk. ... Every time one of you is interviewed, my office and inbox are filled with Uintah parents and teachers who are worried about school security and wondering when you will stop."

The school fielded death threats after the lunch seizures drew national attention.

Hoopes, however, said the email made parents feel like they were under attack. "We were made to feel like we weren’t allowed to voice opinions," Hoopes said.

And Guynn said that though she didn’t receive that email, she wonders what might have happened if the media hadn’t found out about the incident.

Attempts to reach Malouf for comment Wednesday, were unsuccessful.

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Olsen, at the district, said Wednesday he was not aware of that email. Olsen said he does not know when the district’s investigation into the lunch issue might conclude.

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