Novalee, a 9-year-old girl from Minnesota, slammed her school board for displaying posters supporting BLM in the schools, violating its rule against politics in school. The girl confronted the Lakeville School Board in Minnesota and the video has gone viral, showing her berate adults for banning political posters throughout the district, yet defying their own rules by posting BLM images on teachers’ walls.
The student, known only as Novalee, stated her case during a June 8 Board meeting in Lakeville, a suburb of Minneapolis. Black Lives Matter protests have been prevalent for over a year, following the murder of George Floyd on the street by Derek Chauvin. To combat political unrest in the schools, the school board ruled on May 25 – the anniversary of Floyd’s death – that there would be no BLM or politics in the schools.
Despite the ruling, Novalee discovered a BLM poster and an Amanda Gorman poster in Lakeville Elementary School. The girl explained in her address that “I was walking down the hallway at Lakeville Elementary School to give a teacher a retiring gift. I looked up onto the wall and saw a BLM poster and an Amanda Gorman poster. In case you don’t know who that chick is, she’s some girl who did a poem at Biden’s so-called inauguration.”
The girl is referencing the 23-year-old inaugural poet, Amanda Gorman, who was the first National Youth Poet Laureate, praised for her delivery of an original poem on January 20. The video of Novalee speaking to the school board was posted on YouTube and has been viewed over 40,000 times.
She said that after seeing the political posters, “I was so mad. I was told two weeks ago at this very meeting spot: no politics in school. I believed what you said at this meeting.” Novalee explained that while walking to a teacher’s room to deliver a retirement gift, she noticed the posters. She then marched to the principal’s office and demanded they be removed. “I wanted it down,” she said.
The principal insisted that they could not remove the posters, since the school board had been the ones who installed them. That’s when the girl was “stunned.”
“We all understand the meaning,” she claimed at the meeting. “’It is a political message about getting rid of police officers, rioting, burning buildings down while king Governor Waltz just sits on his throne and watches.”
Though the posters have not been revealed, one was described as having the BLM logo, while the other spotlighted Amanda Gorman, who is an African American poet. “You expect me to believe that you did not know what you were doing by making these posters?” Novalee said. “Come on, people.”
The 9-year-old girl claimed the school board was being hypocritical in allowing political posters in the schools. Novalee also admitted that she strongly disagreed with BLM ideology, as she believed it is made up of racist people who are against Martin Luther King’s teachings.
The girl then told the school board that “I do not judge people by the color of their skin. I don’t really care what color their hair, skin, or eyes is. I judge by the way they treat me. MLK said I have a dream that one day my four little children will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character – that dream has come true.”
Novalee said that “I do not care or look at the color of skin – but you make me think of it. You have lied to me and I am very disappointed in all of you. You cannot even follow your own rules.”
She concluded, demanding the posters be removed from the school. “Get the posters out of our schools,” she said. “Courage is contagious so be courageous.”
When Novalee was finished, a woman took the stand, who claimed she works at Eastview Elementary. The woman used her time to praise the work of the board and the teachers, saying the phrase “Black Lives Matter” six times in a row. There was then a quick spat between her and the 9-year-old girl, and the woman concluded her time by repeating “Black Lives Matter” five more times.
School boards have been under fire as of late, with parents and teachers complaining about new rules and supposed double standards in the curriculum. In September, the school district in question sent out a memo highlining Policy 535, which claimed that the district’s goal is to “maintain neutrality as to all political campaigns and issues.” Novalee claims that was not the case, bringing the Minnesota school district into the spotlight.
Other school districts have been attacked for adding critical race theory and transgenderism into the schools. Many parents are outraged and have been shown attacking school boards over these kinds of lessons. As racial and other social tensions in the country continue to rise, a lot of the focus has turned to the school systems.