A group of high school students in Muncie, Indiana, were given an assignment to draw comparisons between the graphic novel “V for Vendetta” and current events. However, the students leaned hard into anti-police rhetoric and were asked to move their display from the hallway back to the classroom.
Katie O’ Connor, the language arts teacher for the school, said in a Facebook post that the students were to create a poster that detailed, correct issues in American society. Many of these hallway posters talked about police brutality and racism.
“V for Vendetta” was about an anarchist who was attempting to take down a fascist rule. Three days into these posters being up, no one had complained.
But, they were definitely a topic of conversation, and people were even seen taking pictures. When November 11 rolled around, the school resource offices began to talk about the information on the posters, specifically one that depicted cops as pigs. They even talked to the student until O’Connor stepped in.
O’Connor said the conversation felt productive, but some students did not like the other teacher’s opinions. One student, Quinnith Bouton, even filmed the conversation and then put it up on Twitter.
The school district saw the video and asked that the display be moved inside the classroom since Black Lived Matter is considered a political organization in Indiana. However, the decision made students angry. They protested in droves on campus grounds, leading the district to send a letter home stating students who attempt any further protests will be disciplined.