Teacher on leave for controversial stickers on back cover of college yearbook – CBS Philly
FLOWER MOUND, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Censorship charges against complaints of political bias have sparked a war of words over a North Texas school yearbook.
It looks like a typical school yearbook that Carissa Neunherz, 13, helped design for Downing Middle School in Flower Mound. But the back cover created controversy that led to a teacher being put on paid administrative leave.
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There are references to the 2020 election, popular video games, and the latest social media craze TikTok. They adorn the front and back of the latest yearbook put together by the students of the Flower Mound school.
“When we saw it all finished we all feel so proud it was so cool and I felt like I did a great job,” said Neunherz.
Neunherz was among the students who designed the yearbook which on the back also included a black fist with the words “I can’t breathe” along with references to Black Lives Matter, women’s rights and human rights.
“To me, it just shows, ‘Oh, that’s what happened over the year, it happened and it happened,’ so I didn’t find anything wrong, ” he said. she declared.
But a lot of parents have found something wrong.
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Among the complaints posted:
“I don’t think schools should impose anyone’s political opinions on anyone.”
“There should have been a MAGA sticker and an ‘all lives count’ sticker there, if they want to put political stickers, balance it out.”
Rick Neunherz thinks the directory his daughter helped create is apolitical. “To me none of these positions are controversial, it should be what any honest person believes,” he said.
The Lewisville Independent School District has placed the art teacher overseeing the project, Kayla Mick, on administrative leave with pay and issued a statement saying, “We are taking the time to ensure that we fully consider the circumstances surrounding the design of the project. directory and that we have all the facts before any further action is considered. “
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Nearly 3,000 people signed an online petition calling on the district not to punish the teacher. Lewisville ISD also offers parents the option of receiving another directory with alternate coverage if they choose.