Tallahassee Reports has received information from parents and teachers about an email that was sent to Montford teachers requesting they display a “Safe Space Symbol” in their classrooms. TR has been told that the email was sent out by the GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) club sponsor.
After contacting school officials about the specifics related to a LGBTQIA+ awareness campaign, Tallahassee Reports was told by Principal Lewis Blessing that the campaign has been put on hold while the situation is reviewed.
An image of the flyer is provided below.
The request stated, in part, “Anyone can display a Safe Space Symbol to show their allyship to the LGBTQ community and promote LGBTQ visibility.”
TR has been told that the symbols are currently displayed in some Montford classrooms.
Blessing told TR that the flyer “was sent out before the school staff was able to give input on the issue so for the time being we are putting a pause on this for further discussion”.
Parents that contacted TR were concerned about the appropriateness of the message in a middle school classroom.
Also, teachers voiced concerns about the conclusions drawn by students when they noticed that some classrooms displayed the flag and others did not.
TR asked Blessing if there was a school policy related to promoting social issues within the middle school.
Blessing responded to the question by stating, “We do not have any school policies related to promoting social issues. We have a committee made up of teachers and support staff that represent all areas of the school where items of school wide relevance are discussed and voted on. Any member of the faculty or staff can bring issues to this committee.”
TR has also submitted questions related to this issue to the Leon County Schools district office.