Superintendent Steve Olson sent out an email apologizing for allowing a rally to happen at Prairie Ridge High School where attendees had “divisive and discriminatory symbols.”
At this past Tuesday’s rally, parents and students called for Community High School District 155 to reopen schools for in-person learning. Though organizers and speakers did not specifically mention politics, a few people at the rally had signs in support of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
A few wore “Make America Great” hats as well. One person, in the parking lot while the rally occurred, had a confederate flag on their vehicle.
“Our primary concern is and should remain a safe return to school for our students,” Olson said.
Though he said he believes the group as a whole was there to support children, he added that the actions of a few are a reflection on the whole.
The group did not seek permission to be on school property, as district administration was told the rally would be held off school grounds on Walkup Avenue.
Olson said there is no excuse for allowing the group to set up on Prairie Ridge’s campus, as there were several board policies prohibiting gatherings with divisive actions and discriminatory symbols.
Now, Olson said, future rallies will not be allowed on campus.
“It is not our intention to silence anyone advocating for change, but it is our responsibility to provide students a safe, inclusive learning environment,” Olson said. “It is critical that we continue to foster respect towards one another in our classrooms, in our community and on social media.”
The school board and district administration remains focused on a safe return to school for students and staff, Olson wrote.
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September 19, 2020 at 01:40PM