A Daycare in Arkansas, U.S., has reportedly given a six-year-old girl the boot after she wore a ‘Black Lives Matter’ t-shirt.
Deval Brockman claims that her six-year-old daughter, Journei Brockman, was kicked out of the daycare because she was spotted donning a t-shirt with the inscription, ‘All Lives Can’t Matter Until Black Lives Matter.’
Journei has been attending the daycare, His Kids Preschool, for six months and was told last Friday, June 26, 2020, that she could not return.
Her mother Deval told FOX 16 that her daughter’s school called her last Thursday, June 25, 2020, and an employee told her that she didn’t like or agree with the shirt Jounrnei wore, asking that Deval not send her child to the school because of it.
Deval said she lodged a complaint to state officials who told her that her daughter could wear the shirt unless it contained profanity.
“If I’m supporting something, I’m going to wear it, my child is going to wear it, to help say that our voice needs to be heard”, Deval stated.
Journei returned to the school last Friday wearing a different shirt, this time with an image of a raised fist printed on the back (which happens to be the Black Lives Matter symbol).
When Deval went to pick up her daughter at the end of the day, she was told her daughter was no longer welcome at the school. An employee had allegedly said that the shirt was encouraging racism.
“I got very upset. I’m just like, are you serious?”, Deval quipped.
She claimed that the school director said to her, “I’m not going to tell you how to raise your child, but you need to reevaluate how you’re parenting her.”
Commenting further, Deval stated, “It’s not political, it’s everyday life. It’s all over the news. Right is right, and wrong is wrong.”
The director of the school, Patricia Brown, had this to say about the incident: “We feel a childcare environment is not a place for a parent’s political views to be addressed or played out, regardless of race.”