Washington school bans pro-police flag, claims it’s ‘political,’ but permits BLM and LGBT messages


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BLM messages and pride flags are allowed in school

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a teacher in Washington The state was ordered to take down a pro-police flag inside it class Over claims it is a “political symbol”, while messages supporting Black Lives Matter and LGBT pride flags are allowed in the school.

Chris Sutherland, the teacher’s brother, told “The Jason Rantz Show,” “They told him it’s controversial to have that flag. It makes the kids and the staff feel unsafe, which doesn’t matter to me at all.” KTTH of the position.


Sutherland is a former police officer with the Marysville Police Department in Washington, and her sister hung a “Thin Blue Line” flag to support her in her class at Marysville Middle School. The flag was also surrounded by pictures of his brother.

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The teacher, on condition of anonymity, said that an assistant principal of the school first raised the issue. “Thin Blue Line” sticker on her laptop.

The assistant principal said that “there were concerns about how students, family and community members might interpret what the image was intended to communicate and that this interpretation could cause disruption to the learning environment,” Rantz said. Told after checking an HR document. accident.

However, the objections were soon dropped and the teacher later raised the flag in his class.

A second assistant principal ordered the flag be taken down, and a human resources representative for the district said in an explanation letter to the teacher that the district was “highly concerned about the impact of this political symbol on students, staff, and families. Marysville of middle school.”

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The district asked the teacher to refrain from using the “thin blue line flag” symbol in the school or else he could face “further disciplinary action”.

In the school, however, according to Sutherland, messages supporting BLM and LGBT flags are allowed.

“There’s also, she was telling me, BLM stuff hanging on the walls, which she was told was fine. For whatever reason, just the Thin Blue Line flag can’t be hung there,” says Sutherland, a resource Officers were also involved in the fatal Marysville Pilchuk High School shooting in 2014, Rantz told.

Rantz reported that the teacher even displayed a pride flag in her class to support a gay relative.

The district did not immediately respond to Granthshala News’ request for comment on the matter, but Rantz said the district declined to explain why the BLM and Pride flags were allowed, but not pro-police flags.

The teacher eventually removed the “Thin Blue Line” flag from her classroom, but detailed in a message to HR that the exam had been “the most painful and hostile” situation she has experienced at school.

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“It’s sad because I can hear in his voice how much it really hurts him being told [take down the flag], said Sutherland. “So when [she] And I talk about it back and forth, it’s frustrating because I know how much she cares and how much it means to her. For him to go through it, … it’s not fair.”

Sutherland said that her sister would continue her fight to get the flag back in her classroom without fear of being fired for it.

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The incident follows anti-police sentiment, which shook the nation last year after the death in police custody of George Floyd, and resulted in the defiance of the police movement.

Several teachers have removed American flags from their classrooms in recent days, with one in the Portland area removing it because it “stands for violence and danger and intolerance, and I wouldn’t fly it in my room.”

While another teacher in California was recently removed from her classroom following a viral video in which she admitted she asked her students to pledge allegiance to the gay pride flag after removing the American flag from the classroom. because it made him “uncomfortable”.

Students have also faced backlash over dress or stickers supporting police, including this week when Arizona State University students were faced with a “racist” sticker on a computer that read “Police Lives Matter” And they were asked to leave the area where they were studying, according to a viral video of the incident.

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