Teacher Wears BlackLivesMatter Pin – Angered Students Take Matter Into Their Own Hands

Teacher Wears BlackLivesMatter Pin – Angered Students Take Matter Into Their Own Hands

A substitute teacher in Clovis, CA has been banned from teaching at Clovis West High. Why? Because he wore a Black Lives Matter pin to school. The school contends it violates their school policy that does not allow political statements by teachers. He is 75 years-old and claims it wasn’t a political statement… that it was a moral one. He only lasted a day teaching before they kicked him out. He’s been subbing for 15 years, but he’s been in hot water before.

Clovis West Deputy Principal Tony LeFore approached David Roberts and told him the pin was not allowed. Roberts took off the pin. He claims that a number of students thanked him for wearing it and shook his hand, but the school says that students and parents both complained about the pin that symbolizes a radical, racist group. They also claim that he did not follow the lesson plan that day, but he contends he did.


From The Sacramento Bee:

David Roberts, a 75-year-old substitute teacher, went to work last month at Clovis West High wearing a Black Lives Matter button on his shirt pocket. A day later, he was told that he was no longer allowed to work at the school.

“They said it was a violation of their policy of being neutral regarding political issues, but I don’t consider it a political statement. It is a moral statement,” Roberts said. “I was very surprised because I didn’t think it was a violation of anything.”

According to an incident report dated Nov. 8, Clovis Unified School District asked that Roberts – who has subbed for the district for 15 years – be removed from Clovis West’s list of eligible substitutes one day after he wore the button to class.

“I was informed by an instructional assistant that the substitute teacher was wearing a political button and that some students were offended, and he wasn’t following the lesson plan,” said the report, which was submitted to human resources by Clovis West Deputy Principal Tony LeFore, Gabe Calderon – the teacher Roberts was filling in for – and school secretary Dawni Peisch.

“A pin that reads ‘Black Lives Matter’ is not a political button. It is a peaceful request to end this violence. It is not a protest. It is not intended to be anti-police and does not imply that black lives matter more than other lives. It simply says they matter, too,” Roberts said. “Clovis Unified claims you have to be neutral, but they’re not neutral. There’s a set of beliefs you’re expected to have there.” No, that is untrue. This man knows damn well what Black Lives Matter stands for and it is not peaceful. It incites violence and cop-hatred. If he doesn’t get that, he shouldn’t be a teacher. I don’t care if he is white or not.

Roberts also said he wore it to show solidarity… but that is not what it does. It is divisive in the extreme. Roberts, who has worked as a substitute in Clovis Unified about twice a week for the past decade, has been in trouble with the district before. In 2012, he was banned from working at Buchanan High after a student in an Advanced Placement world history class complained that Roberts’ lesson was against capitalism. Roberts, who is a credentialed social sciences teacher, contends that his lesson was in line with state standards. So, the guy is a communist radical. I’m glad he was banned from subbing. He shouldn’t be anywhere near those students. Good for that school.


Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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