When seniors trickled into West Broward High School last week to pick up their caps and gowns, they were told they couldn’t get their yearbooks.
The reason: The assistant principal ordered yearbook teacher David Fleischer to stop selling and distributing the yearbook because the Black Lives Matter spread in it was “too politically one sided,” Fleischer said he was told by the administration.
“It’s censorship,” Elise Twitchell, Edge Yearbook co-editor-in-chief, said Tuesday. Twitchell was one of several editors who released statements sharing their disappointment in school administrators. “And the fact that it was over parent complaints about the Black Lives Matter spread is just appalling to me.”
That was Friday. By Monday, the district allowed the Edge staff to continue to distribute the yearbook, but this time with a letter from the school’s principal inserted.
“Please note that as a governmental agency, the School Board of Broward County must maintain a neutral stance on all political views,” Principal Brad Fatout wrote in the letter. “As such, any political views expressed in the 2021 West Broward yearbook are not sponsored by the District.”
According to a statement from Broward County Public Schools, “the school’s administration paused distribution late Friday afternoon while the concerns were carefully reviewed.”
“As the yearbook is intended to highlight notable and newsworthy events from that year, student journalists exercised their freedom of speech in documenting the movement,” the district said. “As a result of the review, distribution of the yearbook resumed Monday morning with an insert noting that, as a governmental entity, the Broward County School Board must maintain a neutral stance on all political views…”
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