David Roberts, a substitute teacher at Clovis West High, came to school one day wearing a Black Lives Matter pin. However, this day became his last day at this school as Clovis Unified School District banned him from there for life.
According to reports, Roberts was approached by a school principal who was informed of the incident by students concerned and offended by his show of support for Black Lives Matter.
Deputy Principle Tony LeFore said that he “explained that we remain politically neutral on campus, and he took off the political button.”
The following day, Roberts was announced that he was no longer allowed to work at the school. Roberts comments to the Fresno Bee prove that he just didn’t get it:
“They said it was a violation of their policy of being neutral regarding political issues, but I don’t consider it a political statement. It is a moral statement,” Roberts said. “I was very surprised because I didn’t think it was a violation of anything.”
“A pin that reads ‘Black Lives Matter’ is not a political button. It is a peaceful request to end this violence. It is not a protest. It is not intended to be anti-police and does not imply that black lives matter more than other lives. It simply says they matter, too,” Roberts said. “Clovis Unified claims you have to be neutral, but they’re not neutral. There’s a set of beliefs you’re expected to have there.”
Roberts told that students of color appeared in his classroom to shake his hand in appreciation of the Black Lives Matter button.
By the way, Clovis West has the largest number of black students in the district; they comprise about 5% of the high school’s enrollment.
“That’s why I was doing it: to show solidarity to the kids,” Roberts assumed. “They really appreciated it. They understand it,” reports Fresno Bee.