On Sunday (May 1), the Forest Hills School District Board of Education voted to ban Racial Diversity Awareness Day at Turpin High School. The motion passed unanimously with the exception of board member Leslie Rasmussen, who refused to vote.
According to the motion, Diversity Day "shall not proceed during school hours" and "shall not be conducted or further organized during school hours or through the use of taxpayer resources."
For the past five years, the Cincinatti high school has invited guest speakers and hosted activities and discussions surrounding race and equality during Diversity Day. Now, board members say parents don't want to spend their taxpayer dollars on an event they believe is closely tied to Critical Race Theory.
Other parents expressed disappointment with Superintendent Scot T. Prebles as the vote came down.
"I feel like he let all of us down today," a Turpin parent said during Sunday's school board meeting. "And I have seen him fight. I have seen him try so hard and to see him … back down like this. He's leaving. He doesn't care."
Senior student Casey Lupariello told WLWT that she was "sad that I will have to miss it for my senior year."
"But what I am most worried about is kids in the future not being able to experience this event because it is extremely important," Lupariello said.