Our school is kind of a neighborhood school that is on a fairly busy street in our township. We don't have a sign board out front or any way to share announcements in the front of our school but we do a have a fence that runs along the front of our building in one area. Last year, I saw a cool way to use the fence to put up messages using cups pushed through the fence. I've done this throughout the year and sharing messages for fun, inspiration, thanks, and kindness. I've received numerous messages from the community that they enjoyed the signs and some, who don't even have children in our schools reached out to say how much they appreciated the messages as they run, drive or walk by. BTW - #BFRocks is our hashtag for our school, the Benjamin Franklin Elementary School.
I am VERY disappointed in our schools. Not sure if this is something that was voted on by the school board, supported by the school board or if it is a rouge employee who thought it was a good idea. "
This particular person, upon being told that I wasn't taking the sign down, then wrote an email to our Township Chief of Police saying she thought that my "cups" were a "slap in the face to the police department" and although the "school district may not appreciate" the police, there are many that do.
I also received another email during this same day, stating that they found "it very surprising that the public school have any reference to the extremely controversial group in light of everything happening."
Dear Mr. ______
Thanks for reaching out. The cups reference a belief that Black Lives Matter to our school and community. Although I put the cups on the fence, I believe the district also believes that the lives of our Black and Brown children and their families matter to all of us.