— Mayport’s PTA has long been known as a group of teachers and their students who get together to work out a new class project.
But in recent years, some teachers have complained that the group is becoming too easy to hate.
The group of mostly older teachers and a few younger students has been trying to organize a series of actions to make its students feel welcome.
Some teachers have been banned from participating in the PTA.
Mayport High School Principal Steve Tinsley says the group’s actions are a violation of the school’s code of conduct.
“The intent of the event was to make the students feel safe and comfortable,” he said.
“It’s not something I feel comfortable with.
I think that’s the wrong message for this group to be sending.”
On Saturday, the group plans to picket the school from 3 p.m. to 6 p.ms. with signs that say “we’re not racist” and “this is our home.”
The group is also planning a rally at 4 p.g. in front of the Mayport School Board building on Friday night.
They hope to make a point by chanting “black lives matter” and other slogans.
The Mayport PTA says the rally will also be a protest about police brutality and racial profiling.
On Wednesday, police said that four Mayport students were arrested and that a 17-year-old was charged with a hate crime after he allegedly posted a racist comment on Facebook.
A school board member said in a statement that the students were not allowed to leave school.
They were asked to leave the school, and then we are hearing the story that they were not able to leave.”