SEDALIA, Mo. — Community members who are unhappy with the administration in the Sedalia 200 School District are demanding change.

Emotions at Thursday’s protest in front of Smith-Cotton High School were running high as dozens of supporters of Riley Garrigus’ family, who are accusing the School District of being complicit in allowing bullying to continue.

Riley took her life Saturday evening after being allegedly bullied for months at the school.

The School District says that all of its policies have been enforced. Resource officers and grief counselors have been on hand to keep emotions in check and for anyone who is feeling bullied or depressed.

Protesters communicated their anger and personal stories related to bullying in the district, specifically at Smith-Cotton High School.

One woman accused Smith-Cotton Principal Wade Norton of directly causing her to cut herself.

Norton attempted to assure the crowd the District was listening and understood the protesters’ anger and frustration.

Crowds reacted by yelling and booing at Norton, who stood near a car, which was at the ready with law enforcement officers behind him to protect his safety if the situation deteriorated.

Crowds continued to chant, “Get rid of Norton!” and “Need change now!”

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