A 9-year-old girl stood up against her school board for flip-flopping on a policy that forbade teachers to put up BLM posters.
The now-viral clip recorded on June 8 shows the kid, who identified herself as Novalee, speaking before a Lakeville Area School Board meeting.
Novalee said she saw posters of Black Lives Matter and Amanda Gorman on the wall of her teacher at Lakeville Elementary School. She said that displaying these posters goes against what the school board said at a prior meeting, and that is: “no politics in school.”
She said she let the school principal know about the BLM poster and asked for it to be taken down but the principal denied her request.
After citing school board policy barring BLM posters in the district’s schools, the principal allegedly told her that the posters were made by school board members.
“When I was heard two weeks ago, you told us to report any BLM in our schools. Apparently, you know they’re in our schools because you made the signs,” Novalee said.
She went on to say that changing a poster’s design does not change its political nature:
“getting rid of police officers, rioting, burning buildings down while King Gov. (Tim) Walz just sits on his throne and watches.”
“I am nine years old and I know that,” she added. “You expect to believe that you did not know what you were doing when you were making these posters? C’mon people!”
Novalee made it clear that the way she judges people is by the way they treat her, not by the color of their skin. She then went on to quote Martin Luthor King’s historical “I Have a Dream Speech,” adding:
“That dream has come true. I do not care or look at the color of skin. But you make me think of it,” she said.
Right after Novalee’s speech, an employee of Eastview Elementary praised the work of the school board and the teachers before saying “Black Lives Matter” six times in a row. She then engaged in an argument with the child before repeating “Black Lives Matter” another five times.
Following the death of George Floyd, as protests in big cities turned into riots, many blamed Black Lives Matter for pushing people into radicalism.
Towards the end of last year, the Lakeville School District found itself embroiled in a controversy over the use of BLM posters in classrooms, as per KARE 11.
In September, a memo was issued highlighting Policy 535, which stated that the district’s mission was to “maintain neutrality as to all political campaigns and issues.”
In the following months, parents have spoken in support of and against BLM and political views being shoved down children’s throats.
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