What kind of teachers support an anti-police message in “Black History Month”? The staff at Coyle Middle School allowed their students to participate in this movement. The young black children were holding posters at the school presentation. They read words chanted by the radical Black Lives Matter groups with political gripes against police officers in general, but also against white supremacy and entitlements.
Rowlett’s Police Chief is calling out Coyle Middle School over this presentation Friday.
Chief Mike Broadnax calls it a “direct attack on police.”
Students held up signs saying, “Black Lives Matter,” “I Can’t Breathe,” and “The Whole System Is Guilty.” during an assembly.
Chief Broadnax he told CBS 11 News, “Allowing this only promotes the discontent and hatred for police to continue. It’s a bad day.”
The school principal, Michael Bland, emailed school staff calling the “highly politicized message” an “unfortunate event.”
The email reads:
While our campus celebrated the accomplishments of African Americans past, present and future, an unfortunate event occurred during the first performance. There was a sign used in one of the skits that displayed a highly politicized message. Although the intent of the performers was not to offend anyone’s political views, the use of a politicized message on a middle school campus was not the best choice. The message displayed on the sign had political, social and cultural relevance as it relates to social studies curriculum and academic discourse, but was not appropriate and could be misconstrued as advocating for and encouraging students to take a political stance. It could also be taken offensively by law enforcement who risk life and limb daily for our personal well-being.
If any of the political messages on the signs offended anyone, I apologize on behalf of the administration. In closing, the Black History program was a success! The cultural exchange was embraced by the staff, students and community members that attended. I hope this apology finds everyone in the best of spirits. Have a great weekend!
It’s comforting that the principal had the foresight and common sense to courteously reprimand these students poster project. The teachers should be reprimanded as well.
The teachers faculty should assign the students with a project called, “Honorable Police Officers Month”, and turn the tables of insightfulness about racism and law enforcement for future generations. Teach the students to appreciate and value what these men and women do for them and their families.