Target: Eric Godfrey, Superintendent of Buckeye Union High School District
Goal: Allow students to wear Black Lives Matter t-shirts and to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Students at Buckeye High School staged a walk-out after a 10th grade student said she was told to remove her Black Lives Matter t-shirt. Students should be allowed to support a group fighting for equality in social issues and shouldn’t be made to remove a shirt that supports that. Demand students be allowed to wear Black Lives Matter t-shirts and to support the movement.
Mariah Havard showed up to picture day wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt and said she was told by school officials that she was not permitted to wear the shirt. Havard said she was told by the school vice principal that the shirt could “disrupt the education process.”
In a statement, the Buckeye Union High School District claimed that the shirt had to be addressed because it come become “a potential danger to students.”
Other students say they’ve seen fellow students wearing Confederate flag t-shirts and even white pride t-shirts without any problems. Genesis Santoyo, another student, wore a Black Lives Matter shirt after the incident in support of Havard and said she was also told to remove her shirt.
The punishment of these students is discriminatory, especially when shirts with the Confederate flag (dubbed a racist symbol) are permitted. Demand that students be allowed to wear Black Lives Matter shirts and to support the movement.
Dear Mr. Godfrey,
Buckeye High School recently told not one, but two students who were wearing Black Lives Matter shirts that they needed to remove them because the shirts could “disrupt the education process” and create a “potential danger to students.”
This is ridiculous considering the shirts simply support a movement that values the lives of black Americans. If the high school has allowed Confederate flag t-shirts to be worn (which actually is inappropriate) then it certainly should allow Black Lives Matter t-shirts to be worn. I urge you to allow these students to protect themselves and support this movement with shirts.
[Your Name Here]
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