Vermont’s Montpelier High School has announced it will fly a Black Lives Matter flag during Black History Month.
This is to commemorate Black History Month – which is February – and school officials aren’t too concerned with what “Black Lives Matter” the organization actually stands for.
Superintendent Brian Ricca said the decision was made after students worked on the idea for more than a year.The students said it was important to fly the flag to demonstrate the school’s fight for equitable education for black students and to challenge the status quo.
The board voted unanimously to support the students’ request.
“In taking this step, the board and administration recognize student leadership and their desire for support,” Ricca said. “This is integral to other meaningful and purposeful work around equity that is happening in Montpelier Public Schools. This is not a singular event.”
“I just think it’s a bad example for the Montpelier School Board to establish this precedent,” state Rep. Thomas Terenzini said. Terenzini denounced the decision, calling Black Lives Matter a national anti-police organization.
Shockingly, the move has the support of the liberal state teacher’s union.
“In flying the Black Lives Matter flag, Montpelier High School is officially saying that bias exists. I am encouraged by this step, and am glad to see that school officials are actively addressing with teachers, students, and staff the experiences of students of color who uniquely bear the brunt of our nation’s systemic racism,” said Vermont teachers’ union president Martha Allen. “I want to congratulate the hard work by the students of the Racial Justice Alliance, who put it exactly right when they said, ‘We will raise the flag with love in our hearts and voices.’”
The Black Lives Matter flag will fly every school day during the month of February.