Year In Review: Cabot School Flies Pride, Black Lives Matter Flags

Flags are raised outside Cabot School on Sunday, May 3, 2020. The event followed a student-led effort to include a Black Lives Matter flag and Rainbow Pride flag on the flag pole with the American flag. (Courtesy Photo by Stephany Searles)

CABOT — A rainbow Pride flag and a Black Lives Matter flag were raised outside the PreK-12 Cabot School in early May in a small, closed ceremony by invitation only due to the coronavirus pandemic crisis.

A student-led effort to have the rainbow Pride flag flown to represent the LGBTQ community and the Black Lives Matter flag outside of the school saw several discussions at school board meetings.

The board hosted a community forum which was attended by a handful of people with viewpoints for and against the flags being raised outside a public school, but no members of the public other than a newspaper reporter were on the Zoom call the evening of April 27 when the Cabot School Board unanimously voted to have the flags flown outside Cabot School.

Louis (Koschei) Searles, a senior last year, was one of the student leaders who worked to have the flags flown, and attended the school board’s meeting by teleconference.

What the board ended up adopting in a revised resolution written by school board member and Washington County State’s Attorney Rory Thibault, will allow a newly-seated board next year, after the annual Cabot Town Meeting, to decide whether to continue flying the two flags.

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