The younger brother of an Indiana police officer killed in the line of duty returned to school only to face a “Defund the Police” poster on display in his classroom Tuesday.
Elwood police officer Noah Shahnavaz was shot and killed during a July 31 traffic stop, the Daily Caller reported. Shahnavaz, 24, was a five-year military veteran who had served the police department for 11 months. Shahnavaz graduated from Fishers High School, where his younger brother still attends, Fox 59 reported.
The Shahnavaz family met with school administrators and emailed teachers after Noah’s younger brother spotted the poster during his second block creative writing class on Tuesday, according to Fox 59.
Despite the family’s protest, the poster remained up for the remainder of Tuesday’s class and was reportedly not removed until Thursday, Chalkboard Review said.
“A student’s research project from the previous school year, listing the arguments both for and against the movement of “defunding the police” was left on display in a classroom at Fishers High School,” according to a Fishers High School statement cited by Fox 59.
“As soon as the school was made aware of the issue, the concern was swiftly dealt with. However, we understand the impact was hurtful for individuals, and we deeply regret the pain it caused,” a school administrator told Fox 59.
“While we allow teachers and students to examine social issues that are relevant to their lives, we affirm publicly through our partnership with local law enforcement that we stand in solidarity of the men and women who willing face dangerous circumstances each day to keep us safe.”
Fox 59 also cited a statement by the Hamilton Southeastern Board of School Trustees:
“The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Board of School Trustees deeply regrets the pain that was caused due to a student-made research poster that was displayed in one of our high school classrooms,” the reportedly wrote.
“As a district we recognize our responsibility to provide a safe environment for students to learn and we failed to provide that in this case.”
The statement added that the teacher has since apologized, “and is deeply remorseful for causing additional pain to her student and their family.”
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