What’s the justification for this?!
An Oklahoma mom has come ahead alleging that two of her sons — an 8-year-old and a 5-year-old — had been faraway from their school rooms in school within the metropolis of Ardmore final week as a result of they had been carrying Black Lives Matter shirts.
Jordan Herbert informed the New York Instances that her sons, who attend completely different colleges in the identical district, had been each taken out of sophistication final week as a result of they wore the shirts to high school collectively that day. Officers on the time claimed the shirts had been political of their content material, and thus couldn’t be worn in school.
The miffed mother identified an inconsistency, although; she alleges her 8-year-old had beforehand worn his BLM shirt to high school on the finish of April, at which level the varsity’s principal informed the boy he’d need to put on the shirt inside-out for the remainder of the day. WTF?!
After discovering out what occurred, Herbert went to the principal asking for clarification concerning the faculty’s costume code, and was pointed in the direction of the Ardmore Metropolis Faculty Superintendent Kim Holland for solutions.
In response to Herbert, Holland stated (under):
“When the George Floyd case blew up, politics will [no longer] be allowed in school.”
However the mother didn’t purchase that excuse, responding this solution to the concept that BLM shirts are someway political:
“I informed him, as soon as once more, a Black Lives Matter T-shirt is just not politics.”
So, Herbert pressed officers about their insurance policies concerning college students’ freedom of speech.
Per the Instances, a web based copy of the district’s pupil handbook merely says that clothes ought to be “in good style and college applicable,” however neglects to say any particular language banning political contents. The coverage goes on to notice that “any clothes or attire that disrupts the educational course of is prohibited,” and descriptions that every faculty’s principal “shall make the ultimate choice regarding any query referring to the appropriateness of costume.”
That’s all effectively and tremendous, however Herbert took particular exemption to the concept that BLM shirts had been someway disruptive to the educational course of in any respect:
“I don’t see Black Lives Matter disrupting something.”
Even crazier, her oldest son — who’s 12 and is in center faculty — was not punished in any respect for carrying his shirt. So why punish the youthful children?!
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has already pushed again towards the Ardmore faculty district. The group despatched a letter to district officers reminding them that the scholars’ decisions to put on the shirts are protected by their First Modification rights.
What do U make of this controversy, Perezcious readers?! Ought to a college district actually be capable to inform children they’ll’t put on Black Lives Matter shirts to class??
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