“Consider the uproar and chaos that would ensue were a teacher to hang for example a Confederate, Christian, or Heterosexual flag in the classroom.” These are the words of an anonymous group of parents reacting to a rainbow flag hanging in one teacher’s classroom. The classroom is also home to a school diversity club. The EDUCATE club, which promotes diversity, created the flag for a fair promoting extracurricular groups and activities.
Students who do not want the Pride flag to be removed have their own petition, which is approaching 5,000 signatures at Change.org.
“To be made uncomfortable by opinions differing to your own is to function as a modern human. Attempting to insulate a student from political discourse would be an insult to their intelligence,” the students state.
But the parents argue, “We feel like an expression of such polarizing views is a detriment to the overall learning environment of that class as it alienates students with differing political viewpoints…the presence of the flag creates a hostile and uncomfortable learning environment for those who don’t support LGBTQ rights.” Supporters also call for the flag’s removal to ensure a “welcoming, beneficial, and unbiased learning environment for students from all political backgrounds.”