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School Paper Tells Pre-Teen Students How To Protest, Sets Different Rules For White Kids

Minneapolis, MN – A Minneapolis middle school’s newspaper published a list of tips for children ages 10 to 12 on how to participate in Black Lives Matter protests, including different rules for the white students.

The Rhino Report, a weekly news publication of Justice Page Middle School, published the list as “Protest Tips and Etiquette” in its Feb. 15 edition.

The article begins by referencing the “murder” of 22-year-old Amir Locke, who was fatally shot by police on Feb. 2 when an eight-person Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) SWAT team was executing a warrant in connection with a St. Paul police homicide investigation that involved his cousin.

Bodycam footage released Feb. 3 showed an officer unlocking the apartment door just before the officers “loudly and repeatedly announced their presence” and entered.

The video showed Locke pointed a handgun in an officer’s direction, resulting in the officer firing at him multiple times, according to a police department press release.

Locke was not named in the search warrant, but four days later, authorities arrested his cousin, 17-year-old Mehki Camden Speed, in Winona and charged him with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with that case, the New York Post reported.

None of the officers involved have been charged in connection with Locke’s death although the officer-involved shooting remains under investigation.

But the middle school newspaper clearly wasn’t going to let the facts get in the way when it published its protest tips.

“After the murder of Amir Locke at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department on Tuesday February 2nd, many of us are – and have been – taking to the streets to protest this injustice,” the guide began.

Then it went on to offer children 12-and-under tips on how to protest and what to do if they were arrested.

The very first guideline reminded white students that the rules were different for them than for the black students and that they were supposed to keep their mouths shut.

“When it comes to Black Lives Matter protests, if you’re not Black, remember that you’re there to show your support and amplify Black voices,” the article read.

“ESPECIALLY if you’re White, if they’re offering the megaphone for anyone to speak, it’s not for you,” the middle school publication continued. “You are here to listen and to show support.”

The list of tips went on to tell students how to dress, what not to record, and how to talk to police if they were taken into custody.

And just in case the information was too heady for its pre-teen audience, the article included a bright red graphic that highlighted key points such as using the buddy system and how to protect the eyes from tear gas.

Parents were outraged after the Rhino Report was posted.

But Minneapolis Public Schools left it up and told FOX News in a statement that the school paper had been created by the children at the school.

“At Minneapolis Public Schools, we value and encourage student voice,” the statement read. “The Rhino Report newsletter is a student publication that was written by students in an after school community education program. The publication represents the viewpoints of students, very similar to an editorial written for a newspaper.”

But Minneapolis parents’ groups did not see it the same way, and blasted the school system for shoving propaganda down children’s throats, FOX News reported.

“It is inappropriate for a school system to be providing protesting advice to 12 year olds, especially when it is for particular causes and varies based on students’ race,” Parents Defending Education (PDE) Director of Outreach Erika Sanzi said. “It is also a problem that it was done behind the backs of parents.”

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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