In the latest skirmish against LGBTQ pride flags in public schools, two boys from Paso Robles High School in California posted a TikTok video of themselves defecating on the banner in a science teacher’s classroom , then try to flush it down the toilet.
The San Luis Obispo Tribune reported on October 8 that science professor Evan Holtz chased the boys down the hall, shouting at them after they suddenly appeared to tear the 3-by-5-foot rainbow flag from his wall at the end of a course in mid-September.
When a video surfaced on TikTok of boys defecating on the flag and attempting to empty it, their comrades alerted school and district administrators, who took “disciplinary action” against the boys and had it removed. the video.
“It was definitely an act of hate directed at the LGBTQ community,” social science professor Geoffrey Land told the Tribune. “And a lot of the students felt it, you know, felt this attack very intensely.”
According to the newspaper, most of the students were not aware of the incident until the director of the Paso Robles Unified School District sent a note on October 1 to teachers, asking them to remove all more flags. 2 feet by 2 feet and all the “alterations of the American flag” of their classrooms as part of a new policy of de-politicizing classrooms.
“We don’t want to make it a politicized issue when a student walks into a classroom and looks up, ‘Oh, there’s a rainbow flag here, or there’s a Blue Lives Matter flag here. – who determines what my teacher’s partisanship is. ‘ We think it’s a real slippery slope, ”Superintendent Curt Dubost told The Tribune in a subsequent interview. “And so we continue to believe that this is a very reasonable compromise solution that allows rainbows, but within reasonable limits.”
The incident comes as public school districts across the country, at times motivated by parental complaints, have increasingly banned pride flags as “political speech” that provokes some of their students.
In an October 7 article for The 19th News website, Orion Rummler reported that school districts in Utah, Oregon, Missouri, Florida and Indiana have banned pride flags ever since. the start of the current school year.