Seattle Public Schools (SPS) are united in our commitment to eliminating opportunity gaps and accelerating learning for each and every student.The Times reports:
Due to actions outside of the SPS community, including a potential security threat to our students, we are canceling the Black Men Uniting to Change the Narrative celebration scheduled at John Muir Elementary School for Friday, September 16. This decision was made after consultation with the Seattle Police Department and the SPS safety and security staff.
The safety and security of our students is a top priority.
The elementary school had scheduled a celebration called “Black Men Uniting to Change the Narrative,” where more than 100 black men would gather outside and greet students as they walked into the building, with the goal of dispelling stereotypes. A similar event was held at South Shore K-8 last school year.
Teachers had planned to wear shirts that featured the school’s name along with “We Stand Together” and “Black Lives Matter.” Several local news outlets published stories about the teachers’ plans, which were then picked up by conservative national outlets such as Fox News, Breitbart and the Daily Caller.
Apparently, conservative news outlets have picked up this story and it is being widely circulated.