A Wisconsin school district is refusing to allow wokeness to take over — with the school board and superintendent both voting to ban the display of political and religious propaganda in classrooms, and prohibiting the inclusion of preferred pronouns in school-related emails.
The Kettle Moraine School Board — which is located in Wales, Wisconsin, approximately a half-hour west of Milwaukee — voted unanimously on Tuesday to uphold a policy preventing employees from displaying partisan political materials and religious messages for monetary or non-monetary gain. Staff and faculty are also prohibited from listing their preferred pronouns in school emails.
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The materials prohibited by the policy will include pride and Black Lives Matter flags and t-shirts, which has led to outrage on the left, but the superintendent has said that he believes the policy will prevent people from being put in “uncomfortable positions” from the inclusion of partisan politics in school.
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“We live in a world where politics are highlighted, and it puts people in uncomfortable positions,” superintendent Stephen Plum stated earlier this month. “I feel the staff can fully support students. I feel that every staff member, custodian and teacher ought to know that it’s really in the best interest of the students to look out for them and to have strong, healthy relationships that develop therefrom.”
Despite opposition from some members of the public at Tuesday’s school board meeting, board members appeared to agree with the superintendent’s argument.
Of course, the American Civil Liberties Union — an organization that has long-since abandoned civil liberties in favor of pushing left-wing talking points — has stepped up to oppose the school district’s actions.
“If you have a policy that says ‘nothing political,’ does that mean you can’t have a sign up that says, ‘Support our Troops,’ or ‘Believe Women’ or ‘Save the Planet?’ By some people’s definitions, all of those things are political,” said Christine Donahoe, an attorney with the ACLU of Wisconsin. At the moment, it is not clear whether Donahoe actually attended the school board meeting.
“It really looks like targeted attacks at specific viewpoints, like LGBT communities, or welcome and safe spaces to students of color,” she added.
An incoming freshman in the school district, who claims to be transgender, also spoke out in opposition to the decision.
“I don’t want to be misgendered and I want people to know, especially if I’m meeting new people, I want them to know they can feel safe around me,” said Edith Cramer, who claims to use he/him pronouns.
In spite of the backlash, school board president Gary Vose stood by the decision.
“This isn’t a case where we’re trying to discriminate against any group or groups for that matter, but rather just to bring clarity to allow staff to know where the line is drawn on these various things,” Vose said.
A parent who attended the school board meeting also expressed their support, stating: “The vast majority of us demand that our schools focus on teaching our kids and not bringing divisive, politically charged issues into the classroom.”