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Flag policy passage would have negative impact on LGBTQ+ students


 The removal of flags from classrooms in public schools is a relatively new idea in this country in the past two years.

 In the rooms of De Pere High School, many types of flags have been freely displayed for years. 

However, Wisconsin schools in cities like Milwaukee and Waukesha have been putting bans on what is allowed to be flown. Because of this, it was no surprise to De Pere residents when the school board proposed a new policy that would require teachers to get flags approved by the district before hanging them in classrooms. 

While the policy is written very generally addressing many flags, it is very clear that the only flag being discussed at these board meetings is the pride flag. Individuals concerned about the pride flag being shown have made points about the flag attempting to indoctrinate kids, as if being a part of the LGBTQ+ community is some sort of cult, fed into by the staff at De Pere High School. 

Despite this belief, there are a mere four pride flags being displayed in the DPHS classrooms, one of which is displayed by the school’s diversity club advisor, Robert Mohar. 

“I’m not a rebel rouser, I’m not a revolutionary, but I believe people should be accepted for who they are and that’s not going to change,” Mohar said. “You are who you are and you will be accepted in my classroom.” 

The banning of the pride flag from public schools is not going to make school a more welcoming place, it is not going to make any student more comfortable, and it is not going to shelter students from hearing about the LGBTQ+ community. 

Removing a symbol of acceptance only spreads more hatred towards a group of people who already struggle to feel welcome amongst their classmates. 

When has community and acceptance ever been a political issue? When did teachers showing their support for students become indoctrination? No one sees a pride flag and immediately becomes gay. 

“We know they’re not mad about someone having the Venezuelan flag in the cafeteria.” community member Gloria DeGrave said in an interview after they spoke at a school board meeting on the issue.

So far, the only decision that has been made regarding what can be flown is the restrictions on flags being flown outside the school, tabling the discussion about what can be displayed in the building for another meeting. 

The passing of this policy would destroy the community that the De Pere High School student body has worked so hard to create. 



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Alaster Bowles
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Alaster Bowles enters his second year of both high school and journalism class, excited to write informative articles for the  newspaper. In school, he enjoys studying English and Science. Other than writing for the DPHS school paper, Al spends his time playing guitar, exploring local bands and spending quality time with his close friends.      

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    11th GraderNov 8, 2023 at 9:49 am

    This Post!! I love it so much. I hate how people are trying to ban Pride Flags. It gives me the assurance that the room I’m walking into is safe whenever I see one. I honestly can’t see anything wrong with flying a colorful flag in your classroom, if having it in the classroom is “a distraction to students” then we should just paint everything white, gray, and black.

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    CNov 7, 2023 at 11:13 am

    The only flags that should be allowed are the national flag, Wisconsin flag, and our military flags. I don’t wanna see pride flags all over because I feel like this is all getting pushed on me. You can be proud of your sexuality but why do I have to be? If the LGBTQ members get to have their pride flag everywhere, then I better have the privilege to show my straight flag.

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    BNov 3, 2023 at 12:31 pm

    No offense intended, but why are we only showing support to people of that community? They already get enough attention as it is, and in my personal view, this is just ridiculous. Christian students also struggle to feel welcomed among their peers, you don’t see us trying to get crosses hung in the school. If you address one group’s feeling of being unincluded, you should also address others. I mean this in the nicest way possible.

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      A 9th graderNov 6, 2023 at 11:20 am

      Well said.