The Temecula Valley Unified School District in California has recently decided to prohibit any flags on school campuses other than the American and state flag.
This decision was made after a contentious school board meeting, as reported by Fox News Digital. The Superintendent must approve any flags which are requested to be used on district property.
Despite claims that the ban was specifically in regards to the pride flag, the board did not mention any specific flag during their discussion.
Nevertheless, one speaker suggested for people to be open-minded and accept diversity during the public comment session.
“You can ban our flags, you can erase us from textbooks, you can out us to our parents, call us groomers, but like the sun, we will shine. We don’t need an agenda for that.”
“It makes me so upset, and that is the reason why I’m up here,” one woman said.
“That I have to go to my child’s school and see a rainbow flag hung on a wall. We don’t need to know what your personal sexual preference is.”
An audience member thanked the Temecula Valley School Board President Joseph Komrosky and other school board members, saying: “We also know that you have been repeatedly attacked and threatened by the loud minority in Temecula for simply carrying out the will of the people.”
“Please know that you’re not alone. We’re here with you — feel your pain and we got your back.”
The board ultimately decided to pass the ban with a 3-2 vote. Komrosky went on to mention that the U.S. flag and California state flag represent unity, and that other flags “simply do not serve that function.”
“Thankfully, TVUSD is now complying sufficiently with CA Ed. Code, as the majority of the board voted in an administrative regulation (AR) that ensures that we have a standard American flag, and CA state flag in all of our classrooms, so that they can be displayed properly,” he said.
“This way, our teachers can lead the students in our daily Patriotic exercise, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, that is required by law. CA Ed. Codes 233.5, 38117, 52720, 52730, and 60200.5, all supported my motivational attitude for this needed change, as they highlighted the concepts of patriotism and American citizenship, amongst others, that our students need to know about and practice.”
Recently, the Temecula school district has joined a wave of California school districts in passing a policy that allows parents to be notified if their child identifies as transgender.
However, Chino Valley Unified School District’s proposed policy was blocked by a judge earlier this month, resulting in Attorney General Rob Binta denouncing the district’s actions.