On Friday, student activists in Brattleboro hoisted the Black Lives Matter flag up the flagpoles of Brattleboro Area Middle School and Brattleboro Union High School while administrators and students looked on and listened to singer Taina Asili offer up a rendition of “For Our Children.”
The event is captured on YouTube, as is the April 23 BUHS School Board Meeting in which the students behind the flag-raising made startling claims about their fellow Vermonters. As seen in the video below, one BUHS 10th-grader told school board members that within six months of becoming a new student she received death threats over her skin color:
I am one of the newest students at BUHS, and when I first came in I immediately felt targeted because of my skin color. I felt like I wasn’t wanted in the school. I’ve been here for almost six months now and I’ve gone through racial harassment, I’ve gone through threats because of my skin color, I’ve had people threatening to kill me because of my skin color, and school for me every day is a very hostile environment.
It is not clear from the video whether the alleged threats were reported to school authorities or the Brattleboro Police Department. The testimony nevertheless helped persuade the board to approve the Black Lives Matter flag.
Watch death threat speech at April 23 BUHS School Board Meeting (start time at 9:49):