Metamora School Board meetings are rarely packed, but Monday night countless students and parents came to support high school music teacher Todd Cheek.
He's resigning, but this crowd thinks something's not right.
Sam Ryan says, "He's impacted our lives in such a tremendous way. If this decision is carried out, not only would it be a huge mistake but a great loss of the student body and school."
The school board would not discuss the matter, though parents and students think he was forced to do it. Monday night, they urged the board to turn down Cheek's resignation.
"Do you remember what it was like before Mr. Cheek came? Well we do. said student Kat Devore."
M-T-H-S Parent Becky Salmon, "I've consulted an attorney. This is not a done deal, you have a choice.
That led the board into a two hour executive session. Barely any left, instead, students sang to honor Todd Cheek.
A tribute to their beloved teacher.
Finally, the board returned only to accept his resignation. A heartbreaking moment for these kids.
"He deserves way more than this, and now he doesn't have it, said Devore. So obviously some of the reaction is because we'll miss him, but he deserves much more than this."
Parent Dawn Downs said, "It's very sad to lose a very great, teacher in our school district. I'm sorry."
Cheek is allowed to finish the rest of the school year. But it's clear, this crowd won't know how to say good-bye.
Cheek became Metamora's music teacher in 2009. He also graduated from the high school. Cheek's resignation is effective at the end of the school year.