Black Lives Matter posters deemed political, not allowed in Lakeville schools
The Lakeville School district says it stands against racism and bigotry, and is committed to creating a more inclusive environment for all students. But some families say what is being said and being done is sending mixed messages.
Seventeen-year-old Lexi is a senior at Lakeville North High School. The bi-racial student has followed the civil and social unrest throughout the country, paying close attention to racial inequities right here at home.
"I think we need to start talking more about it," she said.
So when she learned her school wouldn’t allow Black Lives Matter posters to be put up inside the building, she was shocked.
"I understand that we are more of a minority but I think people in Lakeville need to hear about this," Lexi said.
A group of teachers initially inquired about the posters. The district says anything political is against district policy, and the BLM posters may be seen as political.
"I personally don’t think it’s a political movement, black lives shouldn’t be political, everyone’s lives matter, it’s the bottom line," Lexi stated.
Lexi’s mom, Allison, called it a movement, and questions where students should learn about it if not in Lakeville.
"It’s very white entitled, you know, and these kids, it’s lacking diversity and so I think it’s more important to get that education out here to the community to these children," Allison said.
The two would love to see schools allow the signs, engaging in discussions about compassion and understanding would help, too.
"I think there’s a lot more learning we all can do, myself included, this is our opportunity to do better for our children and to make that change," Allison added.
The school district did state it will offer opportunities for students, staff and families to provide feedback and dialogue with administration through listening sessions, and will have more information about those efforts in the coming weeks.