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Wisconsin School District Bans Teachers From Displaying Pride, BLM Flags and Preferred Pronouns

Wisconsin School District Bans Teachers From Displaying Pride, BLM Flags and Preferred Pronouns

“Plum also said Black Lives Matter, Thin Blue Line and We Back The Badge signs and flags could be considered political.”

The Kettle Moraine School Board voted last week to ban pride and Black Lives Matter flags in the classroom. The teachers also cannot display their preferred pronouns in emails.

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

[Superintendent Stephen] Plum said district policy prohibits staff from using their positions to promote partisan politics, sectarian religious views, selfish propaganda for personal, monetary or nonmonetary gain.

He said after legal analysis of the policy, the expectation is that teachers and administration will not display political or religious messaging in classrooms or on their person, including Pride flags. The expectation also prohibits pronouns, political language and religious views from staff emails and signatures, and that the standardized email expectation is name, position, title, location, certification, awards and degrees.

Plum said that although the policy’s language hasn’t changed, its interpretation, application and expectations have changed.

Plum also said Black Lives Matter, Thin Blue Line and We Back The Badge signs and flags could be considered political.

Good. Politics and religion have no place in public schools. Considering how sensitive everyone is, it’s just better to say no to everything.

Thanks, snowflakes.

I mean, just look at some of the responses:

One of the commenters, Hayley Rozman, wrote that she was concerned about the mental health of LGBTQIA+ students and called the decision “absolutely horrendous.” Rozman identifies as gender nonbinary (she/they) and queer and is a 2014 Kettle Moraine High School graduate.

“By prohibiting the staff from having any sort of communications in the sense of promoting ‘I’m a safe space,’ ‘I have a rainbow flag’ or anything, doesn’t allow for any safety for students. If they are not safe at home, and they have to go to school eight hours a day, how can they be safe there? There’s nowhere to go. There’s no one to turn to. You don’t know who to talk to and how to be safe,” Rozman said in a July 28 phone interview.

Another one cannot believe the school board labeled the pride flag as political.

Guess what. The loudmouths in the LGBT community made it political:

Trey Korte, a former English teacher from Kettle Moraine High School who identifies as gay, was another of the many commenters on the district’s Facebook post. He questioned why the Pride flag was considered “political” or “religious” and why the district did not consider it a violation of freedom of speech to prohibit teachers from using their personal pronouns.

“The idea that the very presence of a Pride flag or markers that say this is a safe space — for that to be deemed as either political or religious, that seemed to be a real stretch. It seemed a passive-aggressive, legalistic way of silencing LGBTQ teachers and allies and students,” Korte said in a phone interview.

“Teachers not being able to promote political viewpoints – I get it, that’s fair, that’s sensible,” he added. “(But) If you’re going to tell a teacher that you can’t have a Pride flag because it’s ‘political,’ then I feel like the onus ought to be on you to explain why it’s political, and that’s the question they don’t seem to be answering. I feel like there’s avoidance there,” Korte said.

It reminds me of the Radiohead song “Just.” “You do it to yourself, just you. And that’s why it really hurts. You do it to yourself just you. You and no one else…”

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Comments

The left loves / the left is – Benito Mussolini,

“All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state. Let us have a dagger between our teeth, a bomb in our hands, and an infinite scorn in our hearts.”

    n.n in reply to fscarn. | August 22, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    The traditional characterization is based on an obsolete reference to the French court. The logical and actual characterization is in the range of governing spectrum from least to most intrusive, and a left-right nexus that is leftist.

      M Poppins in reply to n.n. | August 23, 2022 at 8:10 pm

      I say that there is no political spectrum. There’s only the totalitarian left – and those who oppose it.

Pride is still one of the deadly sins.

    It is also appropriated from a parade of lions, lionesses, and their [unPlanned] cubs playing in gay revelry.

      Phillygirl1807 in reply to n.n. | August 23, 2022 at 10:56 am

      These people should not be teaching our children. They are mentally ill and unstable. They care more about their sex organs than about teaching basic knowledge- like reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Suddenly the everything is political crowd says the pride flag isn’t a political statement? Someone should tell that to my city hall that’s been flying one for the past couple to years

    Olinser in reply to SeymourButz. | August 22, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    The same people that claim the pride flag ‘isn’t political’ actually try to claim with a straight face that the American Flag IS political.

    People need to stop treating these as good-faith disagreements and call them out for the garbage that they spew.

      M Poppins in reply to Olinser. | August 23, 2022 at 8:14 pm

      The left doesn’t perceive its proclamations, symbols and actions as political – they live in a state of self-congratulation, in which everything they want or advocate is kindness and human decency that only a monster would object to.

It seems to me that those who are defending their stances for allowing such support for their causes are not aware of what “political” means. There IS a definition beyond that referring to government.
And that meaning is: “Based on or motivated by self-serving interests, especially in attempting to gain power or to please people of a higher rank in an organization or movement: political maneuvering within the company or organization…” and in this case, the school. These loons need to be educated about the word ‘political.’ It doesn’t only refer to government, political parties, etc. You are in school… get educated!

This is a gigantic local victory in that school district.

All of their politics are basic human rights issues that are beyond argument. All of your politics are horrible and invalidate your personhood for supporting them.

May preferred adverbs are: Diligently/Unexpectedly

That’s the crux of it right there. There is no more debate needed. It is decided. Everything else is just fund raising.

“One of the commenters, Hayley Rozman, wrote that she was concerned about the mental health of LGBTQIA+ students and called the decision “absolutely horrendous.” Rozman identifies as gender nonbinary (she/they) and queer”

And she thinks she’s qualified to evaluate the mental health of others? How precious.

    “Yes, it’s precisely because we are concerned about the mental health of the LGBTQIA+ students that we refuse to play along with and refuse to encourage their their mental confusions”

    …they did not and likely will not come right out and say

Charlie Patton | August 22, 2022 at 12:00 pm

We have to create safe spaces for our kids, because they are by default not safe at home. Typical groomer BS.

    henrybowman in reply to Charlie Patton. | August 22, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    Schools already have more administrators than they need. You have a school nurse, a guidance counselor, a vice principal. Add a sign to one of their doors that just says “safe space.” Problem solved. This sort of thing is what administrators are actually for. Now get back to teaching your damn subject, and “leave those kids alone.”

    Hey teachers, they are not “your kids”. They are the children of their parents, who are legally responsible for and to them. Parents who provide those homes, sustenance and upbringing. If the parents don’t do those things there are courts to correct them.

    You teachers on the other hand are supposed to be teaching them to read, write, and do their math, not indoctrinating them into your sexual and political viewpoints. ESPECIALLY if those viewpoints are contrary to those of their parents.

    So get back in your boxes or be put back in your boxes.

“By prohibiting the staff from having any sort of communications in the sense of promoting ‘I’m a safe space,’ ‘I have a rainbow flag’ or anything, doesn’t allow for any safety for students.”

However, they are not concerned that it is not a “safe space” for others, such as religious people, who have a different view on this issue. People do not take kindly to being call bigots simply because they practice their religion.

Stick to teaching the five Rs in elementary grades.

The transgender spectrum of social constructs (“=”) and progress (i.e. [unqualified] monotonic change). Nothing suggests inclusion like a banner of rarefied division raised at the twilight fringe (i.e. conflation) under an ethical (i.e relativistic, selective) religion (e.g. Pro-Choice).

A sane policy

Finally

Proud to say this is my school district. Two of my children have graduated from there and my youngest is an incoming junior in Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance (and identifies as Ace). I’m glad they made this decision, teaching children and school life needs to be separate from their personal lives. I voted in the last school board election. I did leave a message at the district office to let them know how much I appreciated the most recent vote.

Anyone “concerned about the mental health of LGBTQIA+ students” should start by focusing on biological reality and realize that denying reality is itself a mental illness.

If you don’t deal with the root causes, then you are wasting time, money, and effort.