Teachers in Michigan told to take down Pride flag after ‘external challenge’

A middle school teacher in southern Michigan resigned after he and other educators in his district were told to remove the LGBTQ Pride flags they had up in their classrooms.

Teachers were asked to take down the flags after the Three Rivers Community Schools in Three Rivers, Michigan, received an “external challenge” about the symbols that had “reached board level,” according to an email received by NBC’s local subsidiary WOOD-TV.

“The rumors flying around were that there were one or two parents complaining about the flags in the classroom,” said Russell Ball, the teacher who resigned.

Ball, who said he is part of the LGBTQ community, told WOOD-TV that he is “discouraged and upset” over the situation.

“To me, the flag represents love and inclusion for everyone, not just the one who belongs to the LGBTQIA + community,” he said. “The students who lost that representation in the classroom really hurt, losing my own representation in the classroom really hurt. It was just something I was not prepared to do.”

The district’s interim superintendent, Nikki Nash, called it “a persistent situation.”

“We will continue to work with the district law firm and education board to ensure we provide a safe learning environment for all students,” the statement said.

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