DCPS makes changes after students call for ‘You Matter Month’ to be renamed

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After Sandalwood High School students took to the hallways on Wednesday in protest of the district’s “You Matter Month” campaign, more demonstrations were held Friday on campuses across the district.

Students rallied again at Sandalwood, as well as at First Coast High School, Fletcher High School, Andrew Jackson High School and others.

The main target of all the demonstrations is the district’s “You Matter Month” campaign which they say takes away from Black History Month and, at the same time, high-jacks the “Black Lives Matter” phrasing.

After the protests the district said Friday evening it is discontinuing the use of the “you matter” language.

There was also continued heightened security at Duval campuses on Friday. Bag checks, metal detectors, fewer entry points and noticeable faculty involvement in the peaceful protests.

At Lee High School Principal Timothy Feagins walking side-by-side with students.

“We always want to make sure our students have a voice and we want to listen to them and make sure that they’re always heard,” Feagins said.

The students say they want the district to drop its “You Matter Month” campaign, which was aimed at spreading awareness of mental health issues, and focus more on Black history this month and throughout the school year.

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