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Wisconsin school board votes to ban pride flags

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In this Wednesday, June 1, 2022, photo, a Rainbow Pride flag is raised at the Capitol in Madison, Wis.
Rainbow Pride flags are hoisted over the Capitol in this photo from Wednesday, June 1, 2022. increase. Madison, Wisconsin Photo by Mark Hoffman /THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Wales, Wisconsin — Schools in Wisconsin The board voted in favor of a policy prohibiting teachers and staff from displaying gay flags and other items deemed political in nature by district officials.

The Kettle Moraine School Board voted Tuesday to retain the code of conduct recently interpreted by the Superintendent. This was interpreted as prohibiting school district employees from displaying political or religious messages such as pride flags and Black Lives. Matter and We Back the Badge sign. Staff may also not email their preferred pronouns.

Superintendent Steven Plum recently stated that officials used their positions to promote partisan politics, religious views, and propaganda for personal, financial or non-financial gain. told the board that the school district's interpretation of the policy banning

Most of those speaking out at a packed board meeting on Tuesday opposed the policy, he said. . The public comment period was limited to one hour despite calls for an extension from the crowd.

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"If you have a policy that says 'nothing is political', you can say 'support our military' or 'believe in American liberal rights in Wisconsin.' Association attorney Christine Donahoe said:

Donahoe is taking a closer look at this policy and a similar one approved last fall by the nearby Waukesha school district.

"It looks like a targeted attack aimed at a particular point of view, such as the LGBT community or a safe place that welcomes students of color," said Donahoe.

More than 13,000 people have signed an online petition launched by two local high school students, Bethany Provin and Britt Farrar, Kettle against his moraine policy.

"Having a rainbow flag in your room is not imposing your beliefs on anyone," Mr Provan told his WITI-TV. "I'm just saying, 'Thank you. I'll support you.'"

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