School Board Prohibits ‘Pride’ and BLM Flags in Classrooms, Personal Pronouns in School Emails

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by Joshua Ford | 24News

One Wisconsin school district has refused to go woke. Both the school board and the superintendent have voted to ban the display of political and religious propaganda in classrooms and the inclusion of preferred pronouns in school-related emails.

On Tuesday, the Kettle Moraine School Board in Wales, Wisconsin, about a half-hour west of Milwaukee, voted unanimously to uphold a policy which prevents employees from displaying partisan political materials — including pride and Black Lives Matter flags and t-shirts — and religious messages for monetary or non-monetary gain. Faculty and staff are also prohibited from including their preferred pronouns in school emails.

“We live in a world where politics are highlighted, and it puts people in uncomfortable positions,” superintendent Stephen Plum said earlier this month. “I feel the staff can fully support students. I feel that every staff member, custodian and teacher ought to know that it’s really in the best interest of the students to look out for them and to have strong, healthy relationships that develop therefrom.”

The school board came to the same conclusion, despite boisterous opposition from the public at Tuesday’s meeting.

“If you have a policy that says ‘nothing political,’ does that mean you can’t have a sign up that says, ‘Support our Troops,’ or ‘Believe Women’ or ‘Save the Planet?’ By some people’s definitions, all of those things are political,” said Christine Donahoe

, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin. It is not clear whether Donahoe attended the meeting.

“It really looks like targeted attacks at specific viewpoints, like LGBT communities, or welcome and safe spaces to students of color,” she added.

An incoming freshman to the district who identifies as transgender likewise opposed the measure.

“I don’t want to be misgendered and I want people to know, especially if I’m meeting new people, I want them to know they can feel safe around me,” said Edith Cramer, who claims to use he/him pronouns.

However, school board president Gary Vose stood by the decision.

“This isn’t a case where we’re trying to discriminate against any group or groups for that matter,” Vose said, “but rather just to bring clarity to allow staff to know where the line is drawn on these various things.”

Another parent who attended the meeting likewise expressed support: “The vast majority of us demand that our schools focus on teaching our kids and not bringing divisive, politically charged issues into the classroom.”

The AP reports that the school district in Waukesha passed a similar policy last fall.


2 thoughts on “School Board Prohibits ‘Pride’ and BLM Flags in Classrooms, Personal Pronouns in School Emails

  1. So I am confused with the photo in this article. Is this saying the LGBTQ+ community is okay with this? Also what I noticed in the article it stated that teachers were not allowed to add their pronouns to emails. It did not say a person can state they prefer to be called such and such. So the transgender person is not being segregated or oppressed.

  2. I wish more schools would stand up against This. They are here to teach our children school subjects. It sorry about being “woke” or “politically correct”. Our children should NOT know such personal things about their teachers or other school staff, not even their political affiliation or beliefs on gender etc. It is up to the parents to decide how they will teach their children on these subjects NOT the schools, NOT the other students and certainly NOT the government. I could go on but I think this sums it up.

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