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Clovis Teacher Disciplined for Wearing Black Lives Matter Pin

David Roberts, a 75-year-old substitute teacher, went to work last month at Clovis West High wearing a Black Lives Matter button on his shirt pocket. A day later, he was told that he was no longer allowed to work at the school.

“They said it was a violation of their policy of being neutral regarding political issues, but I don’t consider it a political statement. It is a moral statement,” Roberts said. “I was very surprised because I didn’t think it was a violation of anything.”

According to an incident report dated Nov. 8, Clovis Unified School District asked that Roberts – who has subbed for the district for 15 years – be removed from Clovis West’s list of eligible substitutes one day after he wore the button to class.