A Florida high school paused distribution of its yearbook over coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement

Florida teacher David Fleischer says his students on the yearbook committee spent the past year carefully planning the topics and events they wanted to include in their high school’s yearbookand they were proud of the finished product.

But on Friday, the students at West Broward High School in Pembroke Pines were told that the book’s distribution had been suspended by the school district because of two pages that focused on the Black Lives Matter movement, Fleischer told CNN.
I found out that it was because there were some complaints from teachers and from parents about the content of the BLM page,” said Fleischer, the yearbook adviser. “That it didn’t seem objective, there were no opposing views. They mentioned the fact that we should have had, or could have included, something like Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter.
      On Monday morning, Fleischer wrote an email to his co-workers at the high school saying thatnot every story has, or should include, an opposing viewpoint.
        Stating ‘All Lives Matteris equivalent to stating ‘all houses matterwhen one in the neighborhood is on fire,” he wrote in the email. “Advocating for one group does not mean you are attacking another, but using a countermovement distracts from the discussions that must occur about how people of color are impacted by racism.
          The Broward County school district confirmed in a statement that it paused distribution of the yearbook, which is calledThe Edge.
          Broward County Public Schools supports and encourages studentsfreedom of expression. After concern was expressed last week regarding editorial student content included in the West Broward High School yearbook about the Black Lives Matter movement, the school’s administration paused distribution late Friday afternoon while the concerns were carefully reviewed,” 声明は言った.
          Distribution resumed Monday, but with a note inserted from the school’s principal, Brad Fatout.
          It said, according to a photo of the note shared by Fleischer: “Please note that as a governmental agency, the School Board of Broward County must maintain a neutral stance on all political views. As such, any political views expressed in the 2021 West Broward yearbook are not sponsored by the District.
          The statement, Fleischer said, “looks like they’re saying that Black Lives Matter is political and it’s not a human rights issue.
          David Fleischer shared a picture of the letter that was attached to yearbooks after distribution resumed

          ‘We were censored

          ザ・ Black Lives Matter movement gained renewed national attention last year after the police killings of Black Americans 含む ジョージ・フロイド. の中に days and weeks following Floyd’s murder, tens of thousands of people marched in streets across the USand around the globedecrying police brutality and social injustice.
          今年の初め, the movement was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize fortheir struggle against racism and racially motivated violence,” wrote Norwegian MP Petter Eide in his nomination letter.
          Kennedy Messado, a senior at the high school and co-editor-in-chief of the yearbook, told CNN the yearbook committee decided to include the Black Lives Matter movement toaccurately represent the entire year and the events that took place.
          I was more shocked and taken aback because I don’t think I considered it being an issue or somebody having an issue with the spread,” Messado said, それを呼ぶ “disheartening.
          It was concerning, as a person of color from the school, that they felt as though they could take this approach and that it wouldn’t have any repercussions,” Messado added.
          Elise Twitchell, co-editor-in-chief of the yearbook, said they werecensored.
          We were censored for a weekend and almost a full school day, and that’s not something that should be happening to a student-run publication.
          Fleischer, the yearbook adviser, said the lack of communication by school officials and the quick decision to pause distribution over the Black Lives Matter movement were both deeply upsetting, especially since so many students in the district are students of color.
            より多い 40% of students enrolled in the district are Black, according to the Broward County Public Schools ウェブサイト.
            We just feel that this is an attack on our non-White student body and it’s just a slap in the face to my students who have worked hard in the yearbook, it’s a slap in the face to obviously the First Amendment and to journalism,” Fleischer added.

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