A student has reportedly been suspended after explaining to her teenage peers why she refused to wear an LGBTQ “rainbow poppy” during her school’s Remembrance Day ceremony.
According to a report by The Post Millennial, the 17-year-old girl and cousin of former Conversative Party candidate Cindy Bird printed and distributed flyers outlining her reason why she thought the rainbow poppy was “disrespectful.”
The flyer reads as follows:
Never seen something so disrespectful in all my days. What does LGBTQ have to do with the war? Red represents Blood, Black represents widows and loved ones, green represents land the blood was spilled on. NEVER change the poppy. Way to un-do centuries of blood sweat and tears all because you needed to do the dishes. Keep it in your pants nobody wants or needs to see it.
You’ve got a whole month dedicated to the LGBTQ community, but the people who legitimately made a difference and died so that we could live decent lives get one day. You don’t need a poppy, you just clearly want attention. One day to celebrate the real hero’s how about we don’t make it about your sexuality for once?
If you didn’t make such a big deal about it and force people to make it a part of their lives it would be no problem.
Cyara Bird took to Twitter to express her frustration after receiving news that her cousin Natalie had been suspended from Stonewall Collegiate.
Her tweet read,
My 17-year-old cousin was suspended today… want to know why? Her choir teacher was demanding that the choir wear rainbow poppies during their performance in the Remembrance Day ceremony. She and another student rejected that idea, and both were suspended for ‘hate speech.’
Bird, whose grandfather is a World War II veteran, told The Post Millennial that Natalie “was not opposing wearing” the rainbow poppy, but just felt it was not appropriate considering the occasion.
“The pride we have because of our grandfather fighting in World War 2 is strong. We all wear poppies,” said Bird. “[Natalie] was not opposing wearing one—she just did not want to wear one she felt was disrespectful to the veterans.”
Bird added that not only was she suspended, but the school “screamed at her to stay quiet about it.”
The school has refused to comment on the incident or confirm that any student was suspended for voicing their opinion.
The school instructed The Post Millennial to reach out to The Interlake School Board Superintendent instead.
“The Interlake School Board Superintendent did not return calls, but a statement issued on the Board’s twitter read that no staff member ‘mandated’ a student wear a rainbow poppy,” writes the news outlet.