This article by Bob Audette originally appeared May 4 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
BRATTLEBORO — On Friday morning, the entire student bodies of Brattleboro Area Middle School and Brattleboro Union High School turned out to watch as Black Lives Matter flags were run up the schools’ flagpoles.
“I go to school for an education,” said BAMS student Mya Satchell, during the raising of the flag at BAMS. “I don’t go to school to be teased for the color of my skin. I don’t go to school to be stared at during a lesson about slavery or immigration. I don’t go to school to be told to go back to Mexico. Don’t assume where I am from. Don’t tell me to go back to somewhere I’ve never been. I was born in and raised in Vermont. I don’t belong anywhere else. I belong here.”
Satchell and fellow BAMS students Kia Adams and Diamond Bedward first asked the BUHS #6 School Board on April 2 for permission to run up the BLM flag at their school. On April 26, the School Board voted unanimously to allow the raising of the flag at the three schools.
The raising of the flag was part of Windham Southeast Supervisory Union’s Diversity Day curriculum, said BAMS Principal Keith Lyman, during the ceremony.
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