Shawnee Mission school board defends stance on safety pins

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas school district is sticking with a policy of telling staff not to wear safety pins in a sign of solidarity to the disenfranchised.

The Kansas City Star reports that the Shawnee Mission School District’s Board of Education defended the policy at a meeting Monday in which parents and students raised concerns. Board president Sara Goodburn read a statement that said the district determined that wearing safety pins could be considered a disruptive political statement.

The pins are intended to show that the wearer is a safe person to which to turn. They’ve gained popularity following the presidential election.

Among those against the policy was Susan Patterson. She says those wanting to identify themselves as willing to act against discrimination should “never be prevented from doing so.”


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