Jaidyn Etheart, a student at Port Charlotte High School in Port Charlotte, Fla., shared footage of math teacher Alissa Perry regretfully removing her door decoration, which featured the athlete and activist taking a knee in his old San Francisco 49ers uniform. Kaepernick has not been signed to an NFL team following uproar over him protesting police brutality against people of color during the national anthem.
Etheart told WINK News that she blames other students who allegedly called the poster “offensive.” Another student tweeted that a “white teacher” was behind its removal.
they ACTUALLY took it down bc a teacher complained and they validated the white teacher’s concerns over the black teacher’s efforts but that’s what they won’t tell you https://t.co/6nugOUDEVk
— mel (@melissaaleonn) February 28, 2019
But school district officials say that parents were also flooding their office to object to the Kaepernick tribute. They also identified Perry as a substitute teacher.
“The reason school leadership asked the substitute to take down the poster was because it was causing a disruption at the school,” Mike Riley, Charlotte County School District spokesperson, told Yahoo Lifestyle.
“While the students and sub were putting the poster up, some students took pictures and posted them to social media sites. Calls from parents and community members were overwhelming the school and considered to be a disturbance to the operation of the school day. At that time school leadership asked the substitute to remove the poster. She in turn took pictures and videos of the removal.
“Our schools are a microcosm of our society. As divided as our nation was over Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem, this in turn played down into the school. If we had left it up half the people would be mad, and since we took it down the other half of people are mad. I don’t think we could’ve really pleased anyone. Once it was taken down and posted on social media, calls supporting the poster obviously began.”
Etheart told WINK News that she disagreed with the school’s decision.
“They [school district] cracked under pressure,” the junior said. “I don’t think that a few people’s opinion should be able to take away something that meant a lot to a lot of people.”
The incident is getting national attention, with Kaepernick himself retweeting Etheart’s video. Many commenters voiced their outrage.
Honestly being as I use to live in Charlotte County , seeing that they forced her to take it down isn’t shocking . That School district has no backbone . 🙄🙄 OFFENSIVE WHEREEE https://t.co/zLXLoemKcf
— One gurl island🌬 (@JessieeLouis) February 27, 2019
I don’t care what your political belief is. A school should be an environment that supports expression of ALL ideas. This poster wasn’t hurting anybody, and whether you agree with Colin’s kneeling or not, he has done some great works for the black community. https://t.co/U4gUwoLt0N
— Jack Fitzpatrick (@fitzmagixx) February 27, 2019
Wow @Kaepernick7 has done a lot for social injustice he has raised awareness and has donated MILLIONS of dollars. He’s a leader in many communities ! This is sad, she even started to shed a tear.. When will we wake up ? https://t.co/siQbO35yPn
— NAIA Football (@NAIAfrenzy) February 27, 2019
It’s the second time Kaepernick has been notably snubbed for Black History Month this year. GOP lawmakers in Wisconsin demanded that his name be removed from a resolution honoring Black History Month, which critics called a “slap in the face.”
Yahoo Lifestyle has contacted Etheart and the school district for comment.
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