Wisconsin school board bans pride and BLM flags from classrooms
A Wisconsin school board voted on Tuesday to ban the display of LGBTQ pride and Black Lives Matter flags in classrooms.
The Kettle Moraine School Board in Wales, Wisconsin, has reviewed a policy that prohibits educators and staff from “promoting partisan politics and bigoted religious views,” which Superintendent Stephen Plum clarified to include pride and the Black Lives Matter flags, according to Fox 6. The board endorsed the policy at the meeting, saying the flags are a violation of the code of conduct because they are political. (RELATED: Florida school applies advisory labels to over 100 race-based LGBTQ books)
The vote also bars teachers from including their pronouns in email signatures, Plum said. Public comment was open during the school board meeting, but closed after an hour.
“If you have a policy that says ‘Nothing Political’, does that mean you can’t have a sign that says ‘Support Our Troops’ or ‘Believe Women’ or ‘Save the Planet?’ By some people’s definitions, all of these things are political,” Christine Donahoe, an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, said at the meeting.
A petition against the policy was created by two students from the school district, Bethany Provan and Brit Farrar. The petition received over 13,000 signatures.
“When we walk into a classroom where we see a pride flag hanging, we have a sense of comfort and acceptance,” the petition reads. “We are already walking the halls in fear. We both experienced very hateful and homophobic comments in the hallways of our high school.
The Kettle Moraine School Board did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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