PUTNAM COUNTY, WV (WOWK) –
UPDATE (8:30AM): While some parents are dropping students off, many are staying home. Reports across the county indicate extremely small staff and very large picket lines.
Social media is flooded with reports of teachers converging on Putnam County from across the state to show their support to school employees who will lose a day of pay in Putnam County if they don’t show up for work.
ORIGINAL: WOWK-TV crews, on the ground in Putnam County, have confirmed that buses are not moving.
Workers have not started the buses to pick up school children and many have not shown up for work, despite the superintendent, John Hudson, refusing to bow to pressure from teacher unions.
Hudson made a recorded phone call Monday evening saying he expected employees to show up for work.
Many people are on the picket lines from other counties to show their solidarity to those Putnam County school employees.