Boycott held outside Central Bucks East High School over new controversial policy

The policy restricts any display or discussion related to partisan, political, or socio-political matters.

DOYLESTOWN, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — A group of teachers, students and supporters outraged by a controversial policy in the Central Bucks school district staged a boycott Tuesday afternoon.

The protest took place immediately after class in front of Central Bucks East High School.

Some teachers said they are boycotting a planned meeting between the district superintendent and school staff to discuss and answer questions about the new policy.

“We are walking a dangerous path in Central Bucks. It started with banning a few books, then it went on,” said Pam Remmey of Doylestown.

SEE ALSO: Central Bucks School Board Passes Controversial Policy

It’s called “Policy 321” and was approved by the Central Bucks School Board last week by a 6-3 vote.

It restricts any display or discussion related to partisan, political, or socio-political matters.

Some believe the policy targets LGBTQ students and displaying rainbow flags.

“We all feel that this is really harmful to children whose safe place is school,” said eighth-grader Lolita Azcuaga-Suayfeta.

“I definitely think it’s preventing us from learning and becoming better people and educating ourselves,” said Gwen Ythwohlhieter, who attends Holicong Middle School.

The school district says it’s a way to encourage neutrality in the classroom. The policy states that it should encourage education rather than indoctrination.

“Teachers are neutral, we’ve been trained to show different sides of things. There are some things you can’t take sides on,” said Keith Willard, a middle school social studies teacher.

The ACLU filed a complaint on behalf of the group of students who identify as transgender and non-binary, arguing that the policy opens the floodgates to discrimination.

The group says it hopes the board will eventually repeal the policy.

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