‘You have lied to me’: 9-year-old girl puts Minnesota school board to shame over BLM posters

A 9-year-old student in Lakeville, Minnesota savaged the school board there for blatantly lying about not allowing Black Lives Matter posters on campus due to their political nature.

“The other day I was walking down the hallway at Lakeview Elementary School to give a teacher a retiring gift. I looked up on to the wall and saw a BLM poster and an Amanda Gorman poster. In case you don’t know who that chick is, she’s some girl who did a poem for Biden’s so-called inauguration. I was so mad,” the child began in a video posted on social media.

“I was told two weeks ago at this very meeting spot, no politics in school. I believed what you said at this meeting, so at lunch I went up to the principal to tell him about the BLM poster and that I wanted it down,” the young girl stated at a school board meeting on June 8.

Showing more spirit than most adults, she continued: “I was stunned. When I was here two weeks ago, you told us to report any BLM in our schools. Apparently, you know they’re in our schools because you made the signs.” When she questioned why they were there when the school board previously banned the posters, the principal told her they would not be removed and that the school board themselves were the ones that put them up.

The student emphasized that she does not see skin, hair, or eye color and that she judges her friends on what’s inside instead. She referred to Reverend Martin Luther King’s premise that one should be judged by their character and not the color of their skin.

She bluntly called the school board members liars.

“You have lied to me and I am very disappointed in all of you,” the girl chastised. “You can’t 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 anymore then.”

The little girl ended with an admonition: “Get the posters out of our schools. Courage is contagious, so be courageous.”

For some time now, there has been a contentious debate in the community over the posters. The school board originally ruled that the BLM posters had to be taken down on campus after both parents and students complained about them. Then, the board backtracked and posted two of the posters at Lakeview Elementary School as part of their “Inclusive Poster Series.”

“The poster series includes two that say ‘Black lives matter,’ which the district has said stands for the social justice movement, but those in opposition say it reflects the views of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, which they said stands for political positions. Opponents maintain any poster with that name on it should be banned by policy,” Sun Thisweek reported.

The posters in question have a black background with white lettering. They were banned from the school grounds in September of 2020. To get around that ruling, the board simply made new posters using different colors and fonts.

With semantics in play, Superintendent Michael Baumann claimed in a released statement that the poster series was placed at the school “to affirm our unwavering commitment to and in support of our Black students and staff, this series includes two Black lives Matter posters. While the district has not changed its position that the Black Lives Matter Global Network is a political organization, we recognize there is a non-political social justice movement represented by the statement ‘Black lives matter.’ Lakeville Area Schools-branded Black lives matter posters are permissible under Policy 535; we ask staff who want to put up Black lives matter posters in their classroom or workspace to use those from this poster series.”

Other schools in the state are also promoting Black Lives Matter in the classroom and on campus. The Minnesota Rochester Public Schools Board designated Black Lives Matter messages as privileged “official government speech” to seemingly provide them with legal cover on the issue.

(Video Credit: ABC 6 News – KAAL TV)

The young student’s response was praised on social media:


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