RT’s aren’t necessarily endorsements. But when you’re the Superintendent of Schools, they get attention.
As presidential election results were coming in on Tuesday night, Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance retweeted Joshua Starr. With Donald Trump’s win became more apparent, Starr called for educators to take special care of students from diverse backgrounds.
“Educators: tomorrow pls show your muslim, black, latino, jewish, disabled, or just non-white St’s, that you love them and will protect them!” the tweet said.
Educators: tomorrow pls show your muslim, black, latino, jewish, disabled, or just non-white St's, that you love them and will protect them!
— Josh Starr (@JoshuaPStarr) November 9, 2016
Dance faced scrutiny for the retweet, with one respondent saying they were “appalled.” One said, “Every child, no matter their race, needs to be treated equally. Shame on you.”
Though a spokesperson pointed out that the tweet was not originally written by Dance, the superintendent did not apologize. He issued a statement saying that he leads from an “equity lens.”
“Education is not void of politics and during the last two years, our country has had one of the most divisive campaigns in modern history. Comments were made that disenfranchised several groups of students we serve in Baltimore County Public Schools. As our nation moves forward, it is our collective responsibility to make sure all students feel safe and know we are their advocates,” he said.
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