Mountain Home Black Lives Matter protest draws more than 50 people

More than 50 people, mostly Mountain Home High School students, hosted a sit-in at the school’s parking lot Tuesday as part of the nation’s larger Black Lives Matter movement, KBOI TV, Channel 2, reports.

As part of a school fundraiser, students could pay to paint parking spaces at the school. But one parking space reportedly was met with controversy because it depicted a black woman with the hashtag “Black Lives Matter,” according to the report.

The painting got positive and negative attention in the community and on social media, so when the superintendent of the school, James Gilbert, said it and other parking spots needed painting over students began to protest. Gilbert argued all of the parking lot paintings were getting covered and that painting parking spots was prohibited on school grounds, according to KBOI.