Friday, September 17, 2021

Also notice how the American flag is displayed...

Classroom decorations at Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles include F*** the Police and F*** Amerikkka posters, flags representing Palestine and BLM


A parent with a student at Alexander Hamilton High School contacted Parents Defending Education to complain about what he called the “disgusting brainwashing of students with taxpayer dollars.” He attached the photos below. This school is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

In the first photo, an American flag appears to be strewn atop a piece of classroom piece of furniture. Those hanging include the Palestinian flag, the transgender flag, a Black Lives Matter flag and “the modern PRIDE flag.” 

The second photo speaks for itself. 

We reached out to the communications office of LAUSD and, to their credit, they immediately forwarded our query to the proper school officials. Later the same day, we received the following statement from a Los Angeles Unified spokesperson: 

L.A. Unified holds firm its policy that students and adults in both schools and offices should treat all persons equally and respectfully and refrain from the willful or negligent use of slurs against any person on the basis of race, language spoken, color, sex, religion, handicap, national origin, immigration status, age, sexual orientation, or political belief. 

Across the nearly 630,000 students and about 30,000 teachers district-wide, individual teachers decorate their rooms in a variety of ways, with some decorations being directly tied to or in support of our district curriculum, while others are inclined to adorn based on their freedom of expression and individuality. 

While utilizing decorations in our learning environments, all L.A. Unified teachers are expected to adhere to district policies and to be mindful of our mission to educate children in a classroom that reflects all our policies of inclusion and respectful treatment of individual rights. 

Any displays that are determined to be overtly and objectively political or otherwise run afoul of our policies of inclusion and respectful treatment of others will be taken down and will be handled administratively. Nevertheless, not every subjective belief that any one display is “political” can be accommodated in a district as large and diverse as L.A. Unified. 

As the second largest school district in the nation, we hold steadfast our responsibility to listen to and consider all our stakeholders’ concerns when navigating complex or sensitive issues. 

For more information on some of our L.A. Unified policies of inclusion and respect for individual rights, please visit the following website links:

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