Hilliard Schools urge students ‘to share…a letter why expanding the anti-discrimination legislation is necessary’

Incidents


On Feb. 16, 2021, Hilliard Davidson High School Assistant Principal Kristen Clausen sent an email to school staff with the subject, “Adjusted Schedule Wednesday and Friday.”

Clausen announced that the school would be running an adjusted bell schedule to allow time to recognize Black History Month “on the front end of our 3rd period classes” and ordered the staff to follow a specific agenda during “that 22 minute allotted block of time.”

During the presentation, students were instructed:

“Now, we need YOU. We need YOU to share with our elected officials in the form of a hard-copy letter why expanding the anti-discrimination legislation is necessary. If you have experienced discrimination because of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, marital status and pregnancy, please share your experiences as well so we can help the people who serve us understand us and understand why we need legislation that protects all people. There is a box where you can turn in your letter in the main office.”

Parents complained the program was an inappropriate use of class time and school resources.

References

Davidson assistant principal’s staff email about anti-discriminatory policy sparks controversy, This Week, Feb. 18, 2021.