In a blow to the radical leftists endeavoring to indoctrinate public school kids across America, a school board in Oregon just voted to prohibit the display of – among other items – gay pride and Black Lives Matter (BLM) flags in district classrooms, as the Washington Examiner reports.
By a margin of 4-3, the Newberg School District, serving approximately 5,000 students, will ban the use of blatantly political references in classrooms in order to, as school board member Brian Shannon put it, “focus on the already difficult task of educating our students in the core subjects.”
Though the measure did narrowly pass, the Examiner noted that not all district employees, including teachers, were in support of eliminating the symbols from the public buildings.
District instructors Stacey Dalton expressed her belief that the flags are “messages of love and support,” and opined that “White and or heteronormative students, the majority, see their own validation consistently in the curriculum Newberg school districts have adopted and therefore do not need extra message of support.”
According to a report from OPB, Newberg schools counselor Joshua Reid was among those who voiced his opposition to the move, referencing specific categories of students who identify with the symbols he believes are under attack.
“When these students enter our schools, and see the symbols that we mean to communicate love and support and affirmation, they don’t see propaganda or indoctrination or any ideology. They see a glimmer of hope that there can still be safe places and safe people in their schools,” Reid said.
Gay pride and BLM flags are by no means the only potentially controversial items likely to be covered by the prohibition, and, according to the Examiner, a three-member committee will be installed for the purpose of determining what will be considered a political symbol requiring exclusion from classroom settings.
Notably, the district’s superintendent, Joe Morelock, warned that he did not plan to implement the ban as passed by the school board until he had an opportunity to engage in additional consultations with attorneys.
“I won’t be able to enforce it as it is until we’ve gone through a bunch of legal review,” Morelock explained, and, according to the Examiner, Oregon state Rep. Ricki Ruiz also stated, “as a BIPOC caucus, we’re keeping a very close eye on this,” to determine whether any countermeasures against the common-sense policy might be initiated.