Debate on ban on flags in Carroll County Public Schools | #Education

                Last night the Carroll County Board of Education passed a new policy banning most flags in schools. The ban would not apply to the American or Maryland state flags.Several people rallied at the Carroll County school board headquarters before they made their way into the boardroom to hear school board members discuss the new flag policy.Other than the American flag, the new policy lists other flags and banners that can be displayed on school grounds, which does not include the pride flag."Everybody should have the right to display a flag of support," Carroll County parent Stephanie Brown said.Brown said this comes after she and others planned to donate pride flags to every school in the county after her child, who attends a Carroll County middle school, was bullied for identifying with a different name and pronoun.Brown said she thinks the pride flag is an important display of support for certain students."The small little gesture of a pride flag on a desk could save one kid's life," Brown said. "Just having that symbol of inclusivity for all these students, especially marginalized groups. It just gives them hope that there is someone they can reach out to, or maybe if they see a flag in this classroom, then maybe I can reach out to this teacher because it is a safe space," one person told 11 News.On the flip side, some parents said they are concerned about what kinds of questions this could cause younger kids to ask them. "'We're going to try to push this, you may be one sex on the outside but feel like another sex on the inside.' Well, I might feel like a walrus, but it doesn't make me a walrus, so let's stop confusing these kids," Rectanus said. "I have a problem with my 10-year-old coming home and saying, 'Hey mom, what's up with all these flags?' I'm not ready to teach him about sexual preference yet when he's 10. We need to let kids be kids."Dozens of people on both sides of the idea spoke in front of school board members.Brown said she is just hoping for more inclusivity and for people to understand why the flag is important to her and others."I would ask them what would they do if they found out that their child identified with a different gender and tried to kill themselves because they had nobody to turn to. I would ask them to understand why this is important to a large number in our community," Brown said.
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                <strong class="dateline">CARROLL COUNTY, Md. —</strong>                                             <p>Last night the Carroll County Board of Education passed a new policy banning most flags in schools. The ban would not apply to the American or Maryland state flags.<br/>

Several people rallied at the Carroll County school board headquarters before they made their way into the boardroom to hear school board members discuss the new flag policy.

Other than the American flag, the new policy lists other flags and banners that can be displayed on school grounds, which does not include the pride flag.

“Everybody should have the right to display a flag of support,” Carroll County parent Stephanie Brown said.

Brown said this comes after she and others planned to donate pride flags to every school in the county after her child, who attends a Carroll County middle school, was bullied for identifying with a different name and pronoun.

Brown said she thinks the pride flag is an important display of support for certain students.

“The small little gesture of a pride flag on a desk could save one kid’s life,” Brown said.

“Just having that symbol of inclusivity for all these students, especially marginalized groups. It just gives them hope that there is someone they can reach out to, or maybe if they see a flag in this classroom, then maybe I can reach out to this teacher because it is a safe space,” one person told 11 News.

On the flip side, some parents said they are concerned about what kinds of questions this could cause younger kids to ask them.

“‘We’re going to try to push this, you may be one sex on the outside but feel like another sex on the inside.’ Well, I might feel like a walrus, but it doesn’t make me a walrus, so let’s stop confusing these kids,” Rectanus said. “I have a problem with my 10-year-old coming home and saying, ‘Hey mom, what’s up with all these flags?’ I’m not ready to teach him about sexual preference yet when he’s 10. We need to let kids be kids.”

Dozens of people on both sides of the idea spoke in front of school board members.

Brown said she is just hoping for more inclusivity and for people to understand why the flag is important to her and others.

“I would ask them what would they do if they found out that their child identified with a different gender and tried to kill themselves because they had nobody to turn to. I would ask them to understand why this is important to a large number in our community,” Brown said.

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