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4J Approves Policy Banning Hate Symbols

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Elizabeth Gabriel
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The Eugene 4J district unanimously approved their All Students Belong policy during Wednesday’s school board meeting. The new rule will ban the presence of hate symbols, such as a swastika, noose and the Confederate flag.

4J school board member Martina Shabram said she’s proud districts across the state are approving this policy. She still remembers hate incidents that took place a few years ago while visiting a Lane County school outside of the 4J district.

“A group of middle school students spent a couple days handing me a series of anonymous notes that had swastikas, some other alt-right symbols, and some really vile statements that alluded to the Holocaust written on them,” said Shabram.

The 4J district hopes the new policy banning hate symbols will provide a safer and more  inclusive environment for all students and staff.

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