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Oregon school board adopts stricter political symbols ban

An original move last month by the Newberg School Board to prevent staff from displaying BLM or gay pride flags prompted strong criticism and threats to boycott the town and its businesses.

Posted: Sep 29, 2021 10:59 AM
Updated: Sep 29, 2021 11:04 AM

NEWBERG, Ore (AP) — An Oregon school board that had banned educators from displaying Black Lives Matter and gay pride symbols has broadened the policy to prohibit district employees from displaying all political symbols.

An original move last month by the Newberg School Board to prevent staff from displaying BLM or gay pride flags prompted strong criticism and threats to boycott the town and its businesses.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the board rescinded that rule Tuesday night and opted for a more sweeping policy. It ban all symbols deemed political, including those supporting BLM or LGBTQ issues.

Newberg is a town with about 25,000 residents southwest of Portland.


The District has been at the center of several controversies this year, beginning with the board's ban on political symbols. Later, at least one student of Newberg High School was discovered to be participating in a racist Snapchat group called "Slave Trade." Just last week, the District revealed that a staff member had been placed on leave after she showed up to school wearing blackface.

Over the weekend, Newberg Public Schools responded to reports that the far-right group the Proud Boys planned to gather in town, and later concluded that those rumors were "unfounded." But video of dueling demonstrations in Newberg on Sunday showed several Proud Boys confronting protesters bearing Black Lives Matter and Pride flags.

"Our concern is that current tensions do not increase to include violence or other negative consequences, and we apologize if our message added to disagreement," the District said. "Our message to all groups, inside and outside Newberg, from all perspectives, is that we work to share our differences in positive and constructive ways. Most importantly, our hope is that we work together for the safety and well-being of the students in our community."

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