Utah school makes Black History Month optional


Black History Month has caused a stir at a nearly all-white Utah charter school — after administrators allowed some parents to opt out their kids from partaking in the lessons.

The move at Maria Montessori Academy in North Ogden where just three of its 322 students are black stoked outrage online, with some claiming it enabled bigotry among children.

The public charter’s director, Micah Hirokawa, said the request from a “few families” to withdraw their kids from the annual February lessons “deeply” saddened him but he granted it anyway.

“Reluctantly, I sent out a letter to our school community explaining that families are allowed to exercise their civil rights to not participate in Black History Month at the school.