Many students told stories of suffering racism in Springfield schools and urged the school board to raise the BLM flag. However, the board voted 3-2 against - perhaps responding to a petition drive with almost 500 signatures.
“The fact remains that when I hear all of these things (referring to student accounts), it cannot negate the petitions that I believe each board member has with 476 [signatures] on the electronic petition for residents and alumni of Springfield High School who are contributing members for a lot of your scholarships. And we also have a hard copy which last Friday had another 75,” Curtis said. “So I appreciate the time that you folks took, but I hope that you would understand that if we allow any other flag … it is the textbook definition of the term ‘discrimination.’”
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