As part of a Remembrance Day service at Stonewall Collegiate school, students and staff wear a poppy as a symbol of remembrance to veterans.
This year, the school staff wanted to force students to wear a different version of the poppy. Rather than wearing the traditional black and white poppy, they wanted everyone to wear a rainbow-colored poppy to honor LGBTQ causes.
When one student refused and voiced her opinion to the school, she was suspended for “hate speech”.
According to The Daily Wire,
According to a former Conservative Party candidate from northern Manitoba in Canada, her 17-year-old cousin was suspended from school when she refused to wear a Remembrance Day poppy containing a rainbow in support of LGBT+ causes.
A report from The Post Millennial indicated the teenager was suspended for distributing a poster outlining her reasons for refusing to wear the rainbow poppy.
Cyara Bird of the Little Black River First Nation, whose grandfather was reportedly a World War II veteran, wrote on Twitter that her 17-year-old cousin Natalie and another student said they would not wear the rainbow poppy at Stonewall Collegiate as they preferred to wear the traditional red-and-black poppy, with Natalie reportedly saying the rainbow poppy was “disrespectful” to the World War II veterans in her family.
Here is what the poster read that was distributed by the student, Natalie:
Never seen something so disrespectful in all my days. What does LGBTQ have to do with the war? Red represents Blood, Black represents widows and loved ones, green represents land the blood was spilled on. NEVER change the poppy. Way to un-do centuries of blood sweat and tears all because you needed to do the dishes. Keep it in your pants nobody wants or needs to see it.
You’ve got a whole month dedicated to the LGBTQ community, but the people who legitimately made a difference and died so that we could live decent lives get one day. You don’t need a poppy, you just clearly want attention. One day to celebrate the real hero’s how about we don’t make it about your sexuality for once?
If you didn’t make such a big deal about it and force people to make it a part of their lives it would be no problem.
Natalie is absolutely correct. Her points are sound and logical and do not resemble anything hateful towards anyone.