9-year-old confronts district over BLM posters in school, says school board broke its own rules

A fourth-grade student from Lakeville Elementary School attended a school board meeting on June 8 to call the school board liars for not adhering to their own rule about refraining from advertising political messages in school.

Screenshot/Lakeville Area Schools Board of Education Meeting (isd194letv.viebit.com)

A nine-year-old student spoke out against Black Lives Matter messages being displayed in her school earlier this month, calling out the principal and school board for lying about their policies.

A fourth-grade student from Lakeville Elementary School attended a school board meeting on June 8 to call the school board liars for not adhering to their own rule about refraining from advertising political messages in school.

The student, who said her name is Novalee, said she noticed a Black Lives Matter poster and an Amanda Gorman poster — “some girl who did a poem at Biden’s so-called inauguration” — hanging in the hallway at her school. She approached the principal immediately and asked that the posters be taken down; he said no.

“The school board said on May 25, no BLM or politics in school,” Novalee told her principal. “He said, ‘That’s weird, they were the ones who made [the posters].’ I was stunned,” she said.

Novalee said the school board told attendees at the last meeting to report any political messages seen in school.

“Apparently you know they’re in our schools, because you made the signs,” she addressed the school board. “I was told two weeks ago at this very meeting spot, no politics in school. I believed what you said.”

The student continued, claiming that changing the color or font of the posters does not change the message, which is “about getting rid of police officers, rioting, burning buildings down while King Gov. Walz just sits on his throne and watches,” Novalee said.

“You expect me to believe you did not know what you were doing when you made these posters? C’mon people,” the student added.

She also referenced Martin Luther King Jr.’s famed “I Have a Dream” speech, saying his dream did come true; she does not judge people by their skin color, eye color, or hair color, the student said, noting that she has friends who are Asian, black, Mexican, and white.

“I judge them by the way they treat me,” she said. “They are just my friends.”

Novalee said she is “very disappointed” in the school board members.

“You cannot even follow your own rules. If you’re going to do that, why do we follow any rules we deem unfit or ridiculous? I’m not following your mask rule any more then. Get the posters out of our schools,” she declared at the end of her speech.

Novalee spoke at a previous school board meeting and called out mask mandates and silencing conservative speech in classrooms.

Other public comments at the June 8 meeting included opposition to the school district’s anti-racist policies, which one community member called “misguided.”

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