About 1,000 Seattle Public Schools teachers will wear Black Lives Matter T-shirts all next week in what they say is a bid to raise awareness about racial injustice within the school district.
Throughout the week, they’re encouraging teachers to have race-related lesson plans and they’re offered resources to guide the conversation.
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From the TV screens to social media to the classrooms at Garfield High, students are talking about racial injustices and Black Lives Matter.
“It’s too much seeing, like almost every day, another shooting, another shooting of black people all around the world,” said Garfield High School junior Aman Welderfield.
“Some of them are for it, some of them are against it, some of them just don’t understand what it’s for and some of them think there’s no point to it and we should just get over it,” said Garfield High senior Bailey Adams.
The conversation sparked again after threats of violence were made at John Muir Elementary School where the group, “Black Men United,” planned to wear Black Lives Matter T-shirts and greet students.
“What inspired me the most was when students asked, When are Hamilton teachers going to do this? When are Seattle school teachers going to stand up and say Black Lives Matter and celebrate us?” said Seattle Public Schools teacher Sarah Arvey.
The response is that many Seattle Public Schools teachers will wear Black Lives Matter T-shirts all next week. They’ve already pre-ordered 1,000 for teachers.