KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Staff at the Grain Valley Schools are no longer allowed to display cards and stickers signaling their classroom is an LGBTQ safe space, the district announced Monday.
According to a letter sent to Grain Valley staff and families, the decision comes after the school board received a complaint that some teachers displayed cards and stickers to signal students "could feel safe approaching them regarding personal LGBTQ question."
"Our goal is for every classroom to be a safe place for all students, not just in classrooms where teachers choose to display a particular sign," the letter said.
The district said the use of the cards was determined to not be an "appropriate step."
Following the ban, demonstrators gathered Monday afternoon in response to the news.
"It’s important to make them feel safe too, make them feel involved, that’s not something that really happens at Grain Valley High School," Grain Valley High School senior Kaylee Butler said. "I just want to come out here today and show LGBTQ kids that I’m standing with them, I’m protesting with them, I’m there for them, I fully support."