Ban on BLM flags heats up in Newberg schools and a Portland teacher removes the Stars and Stripes

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What is it with American public school English teachers? Have they given up on teaching grammar and writing so completely that all they can do is spew politics?

A Portland high school English teacher is the latest to make a spectacle of herself, taking the American flag out of “her” American-taxpayer-supported classroom because it represents “violence and menace and intolerance.”

Gail Grobey made the move intending it as a defiant poke in the eye to the local Newberg, Ore. School Board, which recently introduced a ban prohibiting “political” symbols like Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ+ flags in classrooms. Those symbols make many students and their parents – who just want to learn reading, writing, math and science without the politics – uncomfortable.

Grobey said she removed the “offensive” American flag from her classroom at Newberg High School “because that’s the most political symbol there is,” The Newberg Graphic reported.

“That symbol doesn’t stand for freedom or justice or equality anymore,” she opined. “It stands for violence and menace and intolerance, and I will not fly that in my room.”

What makes the classroom “her room” is an interesting question.

The school board policy states: “No district employee shall, while acting within the scope of their employment, either during school hours, or inside their physical area of responsibility at a school (such as a classroom, meeting room, desk area) hang, post, erect or otherwise display … any posters, signs, flags, banners, pictures or other digital or physical image that depicts support or opposition relating to a political, quasi-political or controversial topic. … For purposes of this policy, a controversial topic shall be defined as one that a professional educator could reasonably understand to have students on more than one side of said issue.”

Along with allegedly being an English teacher, Grobey is the former president of the Newberg Education Association.


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