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Dublin educators’ T-shirts ignite controversy, conversations about racism

Columbus Dispatch |

The T-shirts in question, which Dublin Scioto Principal Bob Scott, assistant Principal Leanndra Yates and social studies teacher Scott Marple wore on Sept. 10, featured the phrases “science is real,” “black lives matter,” “no human is illegal,” “love is love,” “women’s rights are human rights” and “kindness is everything” in a rainbow of fonts.

The trio tweeted a photo using the school’s Twitter account, welcoming students back to school after weeks of online learning. The image has since been deleted.

On Monday, Dublin City Schools Superintendent Todd Hoadley sent an email to all employees that didn’t directly reference the shirts but advised the staff that “political activities” don’t contribute to a positive learning environment and are not appropriate in school. He cited a 2002 school board policy on “controversial issues” and a 2007 administrative guideline on political involvement.

The Columbus Dispatch article continues with reaction from the community and Dublin students. See below.