Three Rivers Community Schools officials have released a statement regarding Pride flags in classrooms.
Released Wednesday afternoon and posted on the district’s website, the message recapped the situation that led to middle school health teacher Russell Ball walking off the job Monday and ultimately resigning.
District officials said they were notified by what they call “an external party,” Nov. 18. According to the district, the person questioned information shared within the school day, which also included an inquiry of the Gay Straight Alliance after-school club and pride flags within Three Rivers Middle School classrooms.
The inquiry led to internal discussions with school officials as well as Thrun Law Firm, which was consulted concerning the two issues.
It was confirmed that the GSA Club is able to continue its activities as long as members follow board policy.
Regarding the Pride flags, school officials said the district continues to explore best ways to support all students and the continuation of the GSA Club already established at the middle school.
District officials plan to rely on the continued guidance of Thrun Law Firm, review current board policies, and reach out to other districts for best practices.
The message concludes with a reminder that the board of education will revisit the matter at its Dec. 6 meeting.