A Pocatello teachers' union is demanding an apology from a school official and newspaper writer over an editorial about last week's cold snap.

Pocatello Education Association representatives are circulating a petition demanding formal apologies from Assistant Superintendent Jack Thompson and Brad Bugger, Idaho State Journal editorial writer.Some PEA members want Thompson's resignation for statements attributed to him in an editorial dealing with whether schools should be closed in cold weather. It said school officials believed many telephone requests to close school last week came from district employees.

PEA representatives declared a "state of crisis," on Monday, contending their integrity had been questioned.

"We all rather feel that neither gentleman has taken responsibility for their action," said Blenda Horrocks, Hawthorne Junior High School building representative.

While some teachers also want Thompson's resignation, others do not, she said.

Superintendent David Peck had refused to close school one day when the temperatures dipped below zero because the students lived closer to class than other rural districts. He also was concerned about students being home while their parents were at work.

The schools were closed down a day later.