Chase Eastman woke up at 5:30 one morning this month, relieved that the second of the five alarms he had set had stirred him. He pulled on the rainbow-cuffed hoodie he had worn every day in June, and, with the notes he would need for his science final tucked into his backpack, climbed into the car, determinedto make his feelings very, very visible.
A 15-year-old freshman at Arrowhead High, Chase can’t drive himself, so he sat in the passenger seat as a parent drove and beds ofwild daisies flew by outside the window. He was about to join his first protest. At 6:45 a.m., a school board committee was going to take up a proposed policy that would ban anything deemed “race-dividing” or “promoting a sexual or gender preference” from the walls of this high school in the conservative Milwaukee suburbs. If the policy passed as written, Black Lives Matter posters, Pride flags, and “safe space” stickers would all be taken down or scrubbed away.
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This story is insane. We know kids who go to #Hartland Arrowhead and they’ve been talking about graduation, prom, friendships and Summerfest. This isn’t even on their radar. Politics hasn’t changed education. However, we support the school board’s effort to keep politics OUT of… https://t.co/RJ31KMuOsk
— Wisconsin Right Now (@wisconsin_now) June 25, 2023