Michigan teacher quits after being told to remove Pride flag from classroom

(MSN) – A Michigan middle school teacher quit his job after he was ordered to take down a Pride flag he had hung in his classroom.

Russell Ball, 43, said staff at Three Rivers Middle School, about 25 miles south of Kalamazoo, were told Friday not to display the Pride flag. After initially ignoring the directive, Ball told MLive he resigned instead on Monday after an assistant principal sent a text demanding he remove the flag.

“To me, the flag stands for love and inclusion for everybody, not just for members of the LGBTQ community, Ball, who identifies as bisexual, said. “Removing the flag kind of felt like I was being complicit in suppressing and continuously marginalizing the students that have already been significantly marginalized, and I wasn’t gonna take a part in that.”

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