ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A wild array of misconceptions is why Parkway North High School principal Jenny Marquart is speaking out.
It’s all because of a group of pictures circulating across social media of Parkway North High school teachers holding signs that say, “Black lives matter.”
Once the pictures hit twitter the rumors started to swirl on the internet. Online critics are posting everything from accusing the teachers of political posturing to kids being withdrawn from the school. Principal Marquart says none of the rumors are true.
“They really don’t know the teachers they don’t know the students they don’t know our school they are making of assumptions and some of them very negative. I don’t think that there was every any intention that teachers were taking a stand of some sort of another. I have talked to parents about these students about this.” she said
Officials say the pictures were intended to show support for students after they asked to have discussions about Ferguson and race issues in the region. Students were free to express their thoughts.
At this point students can have discussions at anytime. Most of them taking place in English and Social Studies classes. In the end teachers say the talks have been fruitful and beneficial to those who participate. All of the signs are stored in the classrooms.
Pnh teachers in support of Black Lives Matter. Let the dialogue begin 💪 pic.twitter.com/tYwscCicgH
— Malia Codes (@maliacodes) April 17, 2015
our lives matter. pic.twitter.com/DzzFPQkpym
— Sharrell (@TheOfficialSRE) April 17, 2015