A group of students and parents passed around a petition at Auburn High School in Alabama on Friday calling for Principal Shannon Pignato to remove a rainbow LGBTQ pride flag flying in a teacher’s classroom, according to WRBL.
The teacher in question is the sponsor of the school's EDUCATE club, which promotes "inclusivity and unity for all.” The flag in question is part of the club's display. It's unclear how many signatures the physical petition received, but an online version has received around 750.
“Creates a hostile and provocative learning environment for students not comfortable to openly supporting the LGBTQ+ community in a public school where students come from diverse political and social views.”
“We believe it is unprofessional and distracting for a teacher to be so openly displaying their political views in an unbiased and socially neutral public setting,.
"While the signers of this petition do not feel it is an issue for [the teacher] to support the LGBTQ+ community, we do feel it creates a less than ideal learning environment when a teacher subjects their students to their personal political views in a public school system.”