A Texas public high school teacher says administrators told him to remove a Black Lives Matter poster that hung in his classroom.
“There are rules. It was a directive to remove the sign and otherwise I’m going against that directive. But it’s wrong. My school administration, my principal and my district are wrong on the side. of racism “. Professor of animation, audio / video production and communication arts at Timber Creek High School, Dan Grunewald, he told WFAA.
Grunewald said school administrators twice asked him to remove the BLM sign, as he placed it on the classroom wall last fall. He refused to remove the poster both times.
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He also added in his interview that he was not asked to remove a poster of gay pride from his classroom.
“I was told that Black Lives Matter is a controversial statement, which is simply not something I agree with,” Grunewald said. “It seems to me that it’s a small gesture I can make to my students of color that I see them. And they are valued and respected, not just in my classroom, but even by those who walk in there, that I see and value them.”
Grunewald said administrators told him he could put the BLM sign on his desk, which he plans to do when he heads to the classroom Wednesday.
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“As educators, it’s our job to expose students to other ways of thinking. We don’t force our opinions. It doesn’t mean children need to go home and say something to their parents. It’s not our place. But our place is to show that there is more than one vision in the world, ”Grunewald said.
The Keller Independent School District said in a comment to Fox News about the poster that “the District has routinely asked employees to remove items posted on classroom walls that are considered expressions of personal beliefs.”
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“The Local EMB District Board Policy states that“ teachers will not use the classroom to convey personal beliefs about political or sectarian issues ”and the District has routinely asked employees to remove items posted on classroom walls expressions of personal beliefs Keller ISD and Timber Creek High School encourage our teachers to create a classroom culture that respects the diversity of our school community through a culture of understanding, and we hope they do so without visual representations. of their own personal beliefs on the walls of the classroom, ”said a Keller said the ISD spokesman.
The incident follows a viral video of a 9-year-old girl in Minnesota whipping her school district to display BLM posters, despite the rule of “having no politics at school.”
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“When I was here two weeks ago, you told us to report any BLMs in our schools. Apparently, you know they’re in our schools because [them]”, the young woman told the school board in the Lakeville area on June 8.
“It’s a political message about how to get rid of police officers, riots and the burning of buildings, while King Walz’s governor just sits on his throne and watches,” he added.