A 9-year-old girl spoke at her local school board meeting over Black Lives Matter posters placed on her campus and this a video you need to see!
It happened in Lakeville, Minnesota where there has been an ongoing debate about BLM posters in schools for several months. The school board previously ruled BLM posters were political and must be removed after complaints, but did it anyways and put up at least two posters at Lakeview Elementary School. On June 8, this 9-year-old student showed up at the meeting and told them how she felt.
“You have lied to me and I am very disappointed in all of you,” the girl said. “You can’t even follow your own rules. If you’re going to do that, why do we follow any rules we deem unfit or ridiculous? I’m not following your mask rule anymore then.” She ended with, “get the posters out of our schools. Courage is contagious, so be courageous.”
In a statement by Superintendent Michael Baumann, “to affirm our unwavering commitment to and in support of our Black students and staff, this series includes two Black lives matter posters. While the district has not changed its position that the Black Lives Matter Global Network is a political organization, we recognize there is a non-political social justice movement represented by the statement ‘Black lives matter.’ Lakeville Area Schools-branded Black lives matter posters are permissible under Policy 535; we ask staff who want to put up Black lives matter posters in their classroom or work space to use those from this poster series.”
During an April 27 board meeting, School Board Chair Judy Keliher said, “Stating Black lives matter on a couple of these posters affirms black students and families in our community. It does not change and will not change our position on allowing political organizations in our schools and classrooms. It does not devalue the lives of others.”
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