Students and parents at the Driscoll School in Brookline, Massachusetts, walked out of class Tuesday to protest what they call unfair discipline against their social studies teacher.
The teacher, Larry Chen, allegedly used a profane word outside of class, causing the school to suspend him.
"I don't think there was a battle. He is a new kind of teacher," Cicelia Cipullo, a student, said. "He was very innovative in his teaching which is why I think we connected with him so much and liked him so much."
"He uses a Socratic method with questions. He takes the kids seriously," explained Geary Sekhar, a parent at the school.
"He was the most extraordinary teacher in my son's educational life. He turned his academic situation around," added another parent, Kate Kohler Amory.
Chen had a meeting with the school during the protest. School officials are calling the investigation confidential.
This is Chen's first job out of college after graduating Colombia graduate school in New York.