The Temecula Valley Unified School District, located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, voted last week to ban all flags on school campuses except the American flag and the California state flag.
According to Fox News, the board’s vote was 3-2.
Fox News noted that several people at the meeting asserted the ban was intended to block the Pride flag, yet the board never raised the issue of the LGBTQ banner. Rather, proponents insisted that the policy was not about any specific flag.
Despite that, the Pride flag was raised by an audience member. Fox noted that one mother told the board, “It makes me so upset, and that is the reason why I’m up here — that I have to go to my child’s school and see a rainbow flag hung on a wall. We don’t need to know what your personal sexual preference is.”
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Another audience member saluted the majority — board President Joseph Komrosky and members Jennifer Wiersma and Danny Gonzalez — for sticking with the regulation despite the inevitable backlash that they’ve faced and will face from liberals.
“We also know that you have been repeatedly attacked and threatened by the loud minority in Temecula for simply carrying out the will of the people,” the man said, according to Fox News. “Please know that you’re not alone. We’re here with you — feel your pain and we got your back.”
One opponent of the policy showed what such criticism looks like.
At the meeting, the critic told the board, “Get with the times and embrace diversity. You can ban our flags, you can erase us from textbooks, you can out us to our parents, call us groomers, but like the sun, we will shine. We don’t need an agenda for that.”
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Komrosky told Fox News the policy change was needed to comply with state laws.
“This way, our teachers can lead the students in our daily Patriotic exercise, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, that is required by law,” he said. These laws “all supported my motivational attitude for this needed change, as they highlighted the concepts of patriotism and American citizenship, amongst others, that our students need to know about and practice.”
The board’s vote comes against the backdrop of the state government seeking to crush policies that are viewed as anti-LGBTQ.
Citing anti-discrimination laws, far left Democratic Attorney General Rob Bonta last month sued the Chino Valley Unified School District after it implemented a policy that requires school officials to notify parents if their child indicates that he or she may be transgender.
Along those lines, Bonta has issued statements condemning at least four other school districts for implementing policies copying that adopted by Chino Valley. One of them was Temecula Valley.
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