Nine-year-old student slams school district after it allows Black Lives Matter posters despite promising no politics in school

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A 9-year-old Minnesota student confronted her local school board after her district apparently reversed its ban on Black Lives Matter posters being displayed in classrooms.

“When I was here two weeks ago, you told us to report any BLM in our schools. Apparently, you know they're in our schools because you made [them],” the young girl told the Lakeville Area School Board on June 8.

“I said there should be no BLM in schools period, does not matter the color you make the posters, and the font to use. We all understand the meaning. It is a political message about getting rid of police officers, rioting, burning buildings down, while King Gov. Walz just sits on his throne and watches."

The student, identified only as Novalee, told the board that she saw a Black Lives Matter poster and a poster featuring Amanda Gorman, the young poet featured at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Novalee informed her principal about a district policy that prohibits Black Lives Matter posters. The principal told the student that the district made the posters.

Novalee told the board that she was “stunned” to learn the posters were distributed by the district, an apparent violation of its own policy.

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District policy prohibits employees from “any conduct that is intended to be or that reasonably could be perceived as endorsing or opposing specific political issues or political candidates." In conjunction with the policy, the district reminded staff in September that slogans including “Black Lives Matter,” ”Blue Lives Matter,” “All Lives Matter,” and “Keep America Great” were not permitted.

The 9-year-old told the district that she was “disappointed” that it couldn’t even follow its own rules.

“We all know changing the font or the color of posters does not change the meaning. I am 9 years old, and I know that. You expect me to believe that you did not know what you were doing by making these posters? Come on, people.”

Novalee quoted Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington speech in which he said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." The student told the district that she has “Asian, Mexican, white, Chinese [and] black friends” and she did not care about the color of their skin, but the district made her “think of it.”

Several parents present at the meeting expressed support of the equity agenda and the Black Lives Matter movement. One woman, identified only as Amy, disagreed, saying “Black Lives Matter” repeatedly and thanking the district for its equity efforts. She also spoke directly to Novalee, asking her if she disagreed that black Americans were “the only people in our country who were taken here against their will.”

Two of a series of eight inclusive posters displayed to students in Lakeville Area Schools
Lakeville Area Schools


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Another parent said she was scared when men in pickup trucks displaying Blue Lives Matter flags were present at a high school walkout, saying that it made her think of the Charlottesville rally during which a woman was killed in a car attack.

Two of the eight "inclusive" posters seen by the Washington Examiner display the phrase "Black Lives Matter." The school district said the slogan was included "in support of our Black students and to acknowledge the social justice movement associated with this statement," adding that signs and materials from the Black Lives Matter Global Network, which is recognized as a political organization by the district, were still prohibited.

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