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School Says Pro-Diversity Posters Are 'Anti-Trump'

School administrators at Westminster High School in Maryland told some teachers on Feb. 16 to remove pro-diversity posters from their classrooms because the designs are considered "political" and "anti-Trump."

Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Stephen Johnson told the Carroll County Times: "Teachers are obviously to remain neutral" regarding politics.

Johnson compared the posters to the Confederate flag, which was waved by Confederate troops who fought for slavery in the Civil War and by supporters of racist Jim Crow laws.

"The Confederate flag in and of itself has no image of slavery or hatred or oppression, but it’s symbolic of that," Johnson told The Huffington Post. "These posters have absolutely no mention of Trump or any other political issue -- it’s the symbolism of what they were representing. They were carried in these protests."

The teachers insisted the posters are about diversity, and were allowed to put the posters back up temporarily.

Carroll County Public Schools spokeswoman Carey Gaddis told The Huffington Post that at least one staff member complained about the posters, and the teachers were "asked to take them down because they were being perceived as anti-Trump by the administration."

Gaddis said that teachers are not allowed to put political posters up in their classrooms "unless it’s part of a curriculum and they represent both sides."

The posters were created by artist Shepard Fairey, who also did the famous "Hope" poster in 2008 for former President Barack Obama.

The posters feature Latina, Muslim and black women with slogans that include "We The People."

Aaron Huey, whose Amplifier Foundation worked with Fairey on the posters, said the posters are "definitely NOT anti-Trump in nature."

"Anyone who believes that these messages are dangerous or divisive needs to check themselves," Huey added.

Sarah Wack, who graduated from the school in 2012, is raising money to print up free T-shirts with the posters' designs. Some students are planning to wear the T-shirts to school on March 1.

Gaddis said the kids will be allowed to wear the T-shirts, and that a school board meeting had been scheduled to address the issue of the posters.

Sources: The Huffington Post, Carroll County Times / Photo credit: The Amplifier Foundation

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