Strict limits on Blue Springs High School student voices has sparked outrage amongst parents and teachers after controversy erupted following a student segment on the Black Lives Matter movement.
First things first . . . This blog isn't for youngsters/students and we're delving into this controversy from the perspective of community interest in a local educational issue very much like a school board meeting or election.
Now here's the sitch as best as we can tell . . .
Alleged parent complaints following a segment reporting on BLM inspired administrators to severely limit distribution of a student-produced broadcast. The show will no longer be seen by younger elementary school viewers.
Accordingly . . .
THE STUDENT TV SHOW CRACKDOWN SPARKS ALLEGATIONS OF RACISM, CENSORSHIP AND BIAS AGAINST THE BLUE SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT!!!
Over the past 24 hours #stillunheardatbssd has started trending on local social media as parents & teachers from throughout the district start to take notice.
A few things to consider . . .
- Given recent consideration of social media censorship by the Missouri Legislature, this controversy provides an important life lesson for locals on what we teach the NEXTGEN regarding 1st Amendment rights.
- The #stillunheardatbssd is a skillful & media savvy effort to raise awareness from students who demonstrate impressive understanding of new media. As parents & teachers hop on the bandwagon we can only hope that locals WILL NOT bully exceptional youngsters who actually want to do MORE school work.
- One year after the killing of George Floyd this local school controversy reveals that the debate over BLM still resonates locally and amongst the NEXTGEN. Developing a strategy for teaching this historic episode requires careful consideration that will undoubtedly be thwarted by political hacks.
And so . . .
All of these questions confront BSSD administrators & leadership who have clearly bungled the controversy so far.
Developing . . .