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Wisconsin public school district confirms it will ban teachers from displaying Pride materials or identifying pronouns in emails

(CNN)Teacher showsPridematerials in classroom, uses pronouns in email signature The ban on writing and writing remains in place in a Wisconsin public school district after a controversial board meeting in which parents and students criticized the policy.

This ban builds on Kettle Moraine School District's ten-year policy of banning "partisan politics, sectarian religious views, or selfish propaganda." increase. The new interpretation also prohibits teachers from putting preferred pronouns in their email signatures.

"We live in a world where politics is stressed, and it puts people in an uncomfortable position," said superintendent Stephen Plum of his Spoke at board meeting in July .

The school district also bans teachers from posting banners deemed politically controversial, such as Make America Great Again and Black Lives Matter, Plum said in July. pointed out.

Cross necklaces are permissible, he added. ``I think discrete jewelry is acceptable.''

The ban on items considered political applies only to teachers and staff, not to students and board members. .

This policy was reviewed on Tuesday in response to a heated community debate, with the Board of Directors giving his one-hour public comment on the matter.

Most of those who spoke out -- including some students -- opposed the policy.

"I know people who can't come out to their parents," said Abigail O'Connor. "They are not accepted at home, so we make sure they are accepted at school. But now that acceptance is slowly disappearing."

Two other students -- Bethany Provan and Brit. Farrar -- said it has launched a petitionto change thepolicy.

"When [LGBTQ students] walk into a school and see a simple rainbow flag hanging on the wall, they finally feel safe and supported." she says Provan.

Farrar added that the policy "prepares students for academic and social-based failures and impacts the community."

Farrar pointed out that ignorance of a teacher's preferred pronouns is discriminatory.

"Rather than forbid teachers from putting pronouns in emails, teach children what pronouns are, why they matter, and why people should actually respect pronouns. You should," said Farrar.

Her two petitions, launched on July 29, had collected more than 13,000 signatures by early Friday morning.

She was one of seven board members who voted against the policy on Tuesday. Jim Romanowski said that after hearing from his members of the community, he felt the interpretation had gone too far.

"Our school district says it supports all students," he said. ``Now is the time to prove it.''

Another board member, Kelly Brown, said of comments from locals in the emails and phone calls he received from people inside and outside the district. 80% said they supported the policy. She added, "I agree with the decision" to keep the policy.

According to its website, her school district, which operates 10 schools in Waukesha County, serves more than 3,500 students. offers.