Pembroke schools won't ban classroom advocacy

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On Tuesday, January 16, the Pembroke, MA school board voted not to proceed with a school board proposal that would ban social and political advocacy items, like flags and pins. from public school classrooms.

Dozens of people protested the proposal at the school board meeting.

Silas Bell, a Pembroke High School junior, told NBC10 Boston, "I am trans and I am gay. Taking that away makes schools feel unsafe, and some people already don't have accepting parents, and school's a place where they can feel accepted, and that's how it should be."

According to news reports, the proposal has been pushed by school board member Susan Bollinger. She argued that classrooms should be neutral and no group should receive extra privileges.