Schools in Multiple States Ban LGBTQ Pride, BLM Flags: Too Political

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An increasing number of schools across the country are banning LGBTQ “pride” and Black Lives Matter flags, calling them too political and divisive.

“The bans have sparked concerns with many students and teachers resigning, protesting or being suspended for voicing their opinion on the schools’ action,” the U. K.’s Independent reported Wednesday.

In August, an Oregon school district voted to ban LGBTQ and Black Lives Matter flags, as well as other “political” signs and articles of clothing.

“We don’t pay our teachers to push their political views on our students. That’s not their place,” Brian Shannon, school board director and vice-chair of Newberg Public Schools, said. “Their place is to teach the approved curriculum, and that’s all this policy does, is ensure that’s happening in our schools.”

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Superintendent Joe Morelock said he would meet with the district’s attorneys prior to enforcing the policy, NBC News reported.

“This feels so draconian … this feels so anti-everything,” board member Brandy Penner said. “Anti-free speech, anti-free expression, anti-safety.”

Board member Ines Peña, who reportedly wore both a Black Lives Matter shirt and a “pride” rainbow headband during the meeting, also said students weren’t given enough of a say in the decision and discussed how some students and their families described feelings of having experienced discrimination.

“The quality of some of the stories that we heard should count more than just the number of emails that we received,” said Peña. “And I feel like that’s not being heard. The students are not being heard.”

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Davis School District in northern Utah also banned LGBTQ pride and Black Lives Matter flags from its buildings several years ago.

Administrators say the symbols are too “politically charged,” reported the Salt Lake Tribune.

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