Over the past few days, it has come to our attention that WHS teachers have been banned from posting a particular artist's work in their classrooms. These banned images celebrate multiculturalism and encourage critical thinking about what it means to be an American today. Making classrooms feel safer for minority students has unfortunately been mistaken for partisan speech in the current political environment.http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/education/ph-cc-westminster-hs-politics-20170217-story.html
Celebrating diversity in our community is not a political statement. We trust our CCPS teachers to promote an environment in our schools where all students feel safe and encouraged.
Westminster students decided that they would wear shirts with the "banned" poster image to show solidarity with their classmates and respected teachers. I started this campaign as a former WHS student and supporter of the student movement We the People WHS.
We as a community of alumni, parents, and friends can do our part by supporting them financially. The funds raised in this campaign will go directly to defraying costs for shirts to hand out to WHS students. I will be withdrawing the money to purchase the shirts, and the balance will be donated to the Amplifier Foundation. The artist behind this beautiful work did not want anyone to profit from his work, so we will buy as many shirts to distribute as funds will allow.
If teachers cannot use their classrooms to teach tolerance and acceptance, students can stand in solidarity instead.
We are Westminster, We are One, and we stand with our community.