Student Confronts Teacher for Having Blue Lives Matter Flag in Classroom

A viral TikTok shows a white student yelling at a white teacher for having a Blue Lives Matter flag displayed prominently in his classroom.

The clip was posted on the video-sharing social media platform at least a week ago and has racked up about 4.4 million views and over 963,000 likes.

In the 18-second video, a student goes off on her teacher for displaying the controversial flag. "As a teacher, you're here to educate students, and putting up a f**king political flag that some people might be offended by, that is not responsible of you as a teacher," she says.

The clip also pans to someone who appears to be the teacher, standing at the front of the classroom with a mask pulled down to his chin and holding a thermos. The Blue Lives Matter flag can be seen in the background, along with what appears to be a "Don't Tread on Me" flag.

Before the clip ends, another student says, "Okay, wow. It is only Monday."

In a comment posted a day ago, the person who uploaded the video to TikTok said that the flag was later taken down by the superintendent.

Newsweek reached out to the person who posted the TikTok via Instagram DM for further context and comment.

Many people on TikTok praised the student for speaking out. "[S]he's correct, why is he bringing politics into a classroom. Your job is to educate not to debate. Respect to her," one top comment said.

The video has been shared on other social media platforms as well, like Reddit. A number of redditors posted negative comments directed at the teacher, with some of them calling the teacher names. One person did write that while he didn't agree with the teacher, it's difficult to completely avoid politics in the classroom.

"It's reasonable to ask teachers not to be extremist whackjobs, or try to indoctrinate kids without providing nuance or caveats, but unfortunately, even the idea that one should use fact based reasoning to pursue correct policy is up for political debate, and thus it is nonsensical to argue that we can avoid 'politics,'" the comment reads in part.

Following protests against police brutality after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and leading up to the 2020 presidential election, there was much debate over what place flags and political messages have in the classroom. A Texas high school teacher was put on paid administrative leave in August 2020 for displaying a Black Lives Matter flag in her virtual classroom, after some parents complained to school officials. A New Jersey student and his mother were outraged in October 2020 when a teacher asked him to take down a flag showing support for President Donald Trump, saying they wanted an apology from the school.

Blue Lives Matter Flag Protest
Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather outside the US Capitol with a "Blue Lives Matter" flag on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty