A instructor in Washington state was ordered to take down a pro-police flag in her classroom over claims it’s a “political image,” whereas messages supporting Black Lives Matter and LGBT delight flags are allowed within the college.
“They instructed her that it is controversial to have that flag up. That it makes youngsters and workers really feel unsafe, which to me, that doesn’t make sense in any respect,” the instructor’s brother, Chris Sutherland, instructed “The Jason Rantz Present” on KTTH of the scenario.
Sutherland is a former police officer with the Marysville Police Division in Washington, and his sister had hung the “Skinny Blue Line” flag to assist him in her classroom at Marysville Center Faculty. The flag was additionally surrounded by pictures of her brother.
The instructor, who wished to stay nameless, stated an assistant principal on the college first took difficulty with a “Thin Blue Line” sticker on her laptop.
The assistant principal stated that there have been “issues about how college students, households, and group members would possibly interpret what the picture is intending to speak and that this interpretation might trigger a disruption to the training surroundings,” Rantz reported after analyzing an HR doc on the incident.
The objections, nevertheless, had been quickly dropped and the instructor later posted the flag in her classroom.
A second assistant principal then ordered the flag to be taken down, and an HR consultant for the district stated in a Letter of Clarification to the instructor that the district was “extremely involved concerning the impression of this political image on college students, workers, and households of Marysville Center Faculty.”
The district instructed the instructor to “chorus from utilizing the ‘Skinny Blue Line Flag’ image” within the college or she might face “additional disciplinary motion.”
Within the college, nevertheless, messages supporting BLM and LGBT flags are allowed, in accordance with Sutherland.
“There’s additionally, she was telling me, BLM stuff hanging on partitions, which she was instructed is OK. Only for no matter purpose, simply the Skinny Blue Line flag can’t be hung up there,” Sutherland, who was additionally a useful resource officer in the course of the deadly Marysville Pilchuck Excessive Faculty taking pictures in 2014, instructed Rantz.
The instructor additionally displayed a delight flag in her classroom to assist a homosexual relative, Rantz reported.
The district didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for touch upon the matter, however Rantz stated the district refused to elucidate why BLM and delight flags had been allowed, however not pro-police flags.
The instructor in the end eliminated the “Skinny Blue Line” flag from her classroom, however detailed in a message to HR that the ordeal “has been essentially the most traumatic and hostile” scenario she’s skilled on the college.
“It is hurtful as a result of I can hear in her voice how a lot it really hurts her being instructed to [take down the flag],” Sutherland stated. “So when [she] and I speak about it, backwards and forwards, it is irritating as a result of I understand how a lot she cares and the way a lot this implies to her. For her to must undergo that, … it is simply not honest.”
Sutherland added that his sister will proceed her struggle to get the flag again up in her classroom and with out worry of being fired for it.
The incident follows the anti-police sentiment that swept the nation final yr following the demise of George Floyd whereas he was in police custody, and the ensuing defund the police motion.
A number of academics have eliminated American flags from their lecture rooms in latest days, with one within the Portland space eradicating it as a result of it “stands for violence and menace and intolerance, and I can’t fly that in my room.”
Whereas one other instructor in California was lately faraway from her classroom after a viral video confirmed her admitting that she inspired her college students to pledge allegiance to a homosexual delight flag after she eliminated the American flag from the classroom as a result of it made her “uncomfortable.”
College students even have confronted backlash over apparel or stickers supporting police, together with simply this week when Arizona State College college students had been confronted over a “racist” sticker on a pc studying “Police Lives Matter” and had been instructed to go away the realm the place they had been learning, in accordance with a viral video of the incident.