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In response to a letter by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundations of Southern and Northern California, which alleges the Greenfield Union School District created a hostile environment for Black students and staff, the district wrote in a statement it "strongly disagrees" with the characterizations outlined in the letter.

The ACLU letter details the treatment of seventh grade English teacher Kei Jackson, whose contract wasn't renewed after she filed a formal complaint on May 13, 2019, alleging that the district maintained a racially hostile environment, violated staff and students’ rights to free speech and expression, and failed to ensure that Black staff and students felt welcome and supported in the district. Jackson, who taught at Ollivier Middle School, was allegedly prevented from wearing a shirt that read “Phenomenally Black" on April 3, 2019.

In addition, the letter alleges that students at the school were told that they were required to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, which is in violation of their First Amendment rights.

"Greenfield Union School District is fully committed to ensuring that all students and staff are respected and celebrated," the statement said. "Our district has a long history of serving African American students and other students of color and meeting the educational needs of all students and families."

Because this is a personnel matter, the district said it's not at liberty to comment further.

"The Greenfield Union School District is dedicated to providing a safe, supportive, and secure learning environment for all students and staff," the statement added.

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(6) comments

Vico17

You want to talk about the NBA? They play a kid's game and you want to follow their lead? Look at the abuses going on "right now" in NBA camps in China. Kids should look somewhere else for heroes, not Lebron, not the NBA. They put money above their great country which offered them both the billions they make.

Masked 2020

times are changing.....she is living in the present....not in the.... not so good ole days ...... All NBA players kneel for national anthem as league resumes play

By Iliana Limón Romero Orlando Sentinel Jul 30, 2020 at 7:06 PM

Vico17

Teaching kids to hate America. Don't salute the flag. No credential. She can wear her shirt. 1st amendment. But I can't wear mine? Thin blue line. Ok.

Moardeeb

When the ACLU gets on you you've been got on. I loved America before Trump. Trump makes people hate America. You voted for him. Congratulations on destroying the rule of law in America.

Vico17

Your CNN propaganda only works in China dweeb. Go indoctrinate kids in China, not here. God loves America and that's why you hate it. CHINA and you and atheism can wait till a liberal Democrate gets back in the White House many years down the road. Hopefully many, many years from now, if ever.

Bodysnatcher

Say the word dweebous fool. If you'll sign a promise to never return to the US, I'll purchase a one-way plane ticket of your choice of country. I here Venezuela is a nice place to live and you'll fit right in. Sound good? Let's do this!

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