“When a school starts endorsing any single particular point of view, that can be divisive”
School board members of the Sunol Glen School Unified School District in California recently voted to allow only the state flag or the U.S. flag to be flown over school buildings.
This has prompted anger from some parents and staff members who want to be able to fly the LGBT pride flag over the school.
FOX News reports:
Parents outraged after California school votes to forbid banners other than American, state flag
Parents and staff are claiming a California school district is targeting LGBTQ Pride flags after the board voted to forbid the display of banners other than the American or California state flags.
Trustees representing the Sunol Glen School Unified School District in the East Bay, which serves 270 K-8 students, engaged in a tense exchange with attendees at a Tuesday meeting.
“The symbol of the flag solidifies that message,” Sunol Glen Superintendent and Principal Molleen Barnes said during Tuesday’s meeting. “Tonight, with this resolution, our board members have been clear where they stand.”
Barnes also noted that the school has previously displayed Pride flags to remind LGBTQ students and families they “are a place of equity and inclusivity.”
“When a school starts endorsing any single particular point of view, that can be divisive,” Board President Ryan Jergensen said when asked to explain the proposed policy. “The school should be inclusive of all. Individual views are irrelevant. I prefer to seek more for what unites us as a school.”
This video report includes footage from the school board meeting and comments from locals.
This CBS News Bay Area article notes in the title that the LGBT flag is a ‘special interest’ flag:
Sunol Glen School bans special interest flags on school property at tense meeting
“This school is our community, like this school is Sunol,” said Erin Choin as she gestured toward the school, originally built in 1925.
“We have the Sunol Repertory Theater that performs in this school. We have Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4H. I mean, every civic activity goes through this school,” she said.
Choin lives in Sunol and has three children who attend the public school that goes from preschool through 8th grade. That’s why she was so disappointed when she heard about the school board proposal to ban all special interest flags on school grounds.
“When we show symbols of inclusion where everybody belongs and you can be who you are, especially at this formative age for children, then we feel like it’s a safe environment to be in,” said Choin.
That’s why she and other parents, including Diana Rohini LaVigne, formed the group “Sunol Glen 4 All” to protest some of the new policies discussed at recent board meetings.
“We really need to show the support that Sunol Glen is inclusive, and really make that statement so we can make sure that no longer will we see these conservative-leaning policies,” said LaVigne.
This is a K-8 school, so why is this even an issue? The left has pushed people too far and now people are finally pushing back.
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