- The Washington Times - Monday, February 29, 2016

A Dallas-area middle school is apologizing for a Black History Month presentation given by students last week that the local police chief said was a “direct attack” on law enforcement.

During an assembly Friday at Coyle Middle School, black students held up signs saying, “Black Lives Matter,” “I Can’t Breathe,” “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” and “The Whole System Is Guilty,” the local CBS News affiliate reported.

Rowlett Police Chief Mike Brodnax called it a “direct attack on police.”

“Allowing this only promotes the discontent and hatred for police to continue. It’s a bad day,” he told CBS.

The school principal, Michael Bland, emailed staff Friday apologizing for the “unfortunate event.”

“While our campus celebrated the accomplishments of African Americans past, present and future, an unfortunate event occurred during the first performance,” he wrote, CBS reported. “There was a sign used in one of the skits that displayed a highly politicized message. Although the intent of the performers was not to offend anyone’s political views, the use of a politicized message on a middle school campus was not the best choice.

“The message displayed on the sign had political, social and cultural relevance as it relates to social studies curriculum and academic discourse, but was not appropriate and could be misconstrued as advocating for and encouraging students to take a political stance. It could also be taken offensively by law enforcement who risk life and limb daily for our personal wellbeing,” Mr. Bland continued.

“If any of the political messages on the signs offended anyone, I apologize on behalf of the administration. In closing, the Black History program was a success! The cultural exchange was embraced by the staff, students and community members that attended. I hope this apology finds everyone in the best of spirits. Have a great weekend!” he concluded.


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