Update: Oregon School Board Shoots Down BLM, Pride Flag Requirement, Progressive Board Member Goes On Tirade

Update: Oregon School Board Shoots Down BLM, Pride Flag Requirement, Progressive Board Member Goes On Tirade


An Oregon school board shot down an updated policy that would have mandated classrooms in the Gresham-Barlow school district to display Black Lives Matter and “progressive pride” flags or posters. 

On May 6, the Gresham-Barlow School Board updated the district’s “Flag Displays and Salutes” policy to require that the school board provide an American flag, pride flag, and BLM flag for each classroom. The policy gained virtually no support among board members. Just two of the board’s most progressive members voted in favor of the revised policy. 

Robyn Stowers, a school board member in favor of the flag policy, launched into a tirade about the alleged importance of the flags before the board took a vote. She began by apologizing to students for the “traumatic experience” of having to debate a flag policy. 

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“As a board member, I would like to apologize to our students for this traumatic experience. All students deserve to be seen, heard, and respected. Your identities and your

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