Teacher on Leave as Parents Express Concern About 'Black Lives Matter' Yearbook Back Cover

Teacher on Leave as Parents Express Concern About 'Black Lives Matter' Yearbook Back Cover


A Texas middle school art teacher is on leave while the district investigates concerns about a yearbook cover that includes phrases such as “Black Lives Matter” and “I can’t breathe.”

Kayla Mick teaches at Downing Middle School in Flower Mound and approved the artwork seen on the back of the book, which was chosen by eighth-graders, the Dallas Morning News reported Friday.

According to the newspaper, Mick is on paid administrative leave.

Her profile on the school’s website describes her as the “Art & Yearbook Teacher.”

The News report continued:

The district is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the design of the yearbook before taking further action. LISD spokeswoman Amanda Brim said it would be “inaccurate” to say Mick was placed on leave as a result of parent complaints, but she declined to give further details, citing the ongoing review.

“It is our best hope that all of

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