Cyara Bird Biography
Cyara Bird is from Little Black River First Nation, Canada. She was suspended from her high school for refusing to wear the rainbow poppy.
From @TheRealKeean pic.twitter.com/obJI04Fq1V
— Nathan CS (@NLCS_Cruller) November 7, 2019
Cyara Bird Age
She is 17 years old
Cyara Bird Suspended
Cyara Bird with another student suspended for “hate speech” after rejecting the idea that rainbow poppies should replace the traditional red-and-black ones worn during their school’s Remembrance Day performance.
The young woman, who is half African-Canadian, asked instead to wear the red-and-black poppy traditional to the festivities, finding the rainbow poppy “disrespectful” to the World War 2 veterans in her family. Upon expressing her opinion, she and another student who shared her sentiment were sent to the principal’s office. According to Bird, the girl’s parents were not notified until after the suspension was applied.
My 17 year old cousin was suspended today… want to know why? Her choir teacher was demanding that the choir wear rainbow poppies during their performance in the Remembrance Day ceremony. She and another student rejected that idea, and both were suspended for “hate speech.”
— Cyara Bird (@CyaraBird) November 6, 2019
Never seen something so disrespectful in all my days. What does LGBTQ have to do with the war? Red represents Blood, Black represents widows and loved ones, green represents land the blood was spilled on. NEVER change the poppy. Way to un-do centuries of blood sweat and tears all because you needed to do the dishes. Keep it in your pants nobody wants or needs to see it.
People should wear what they want. But here’s the thing: this rainbow poppy invasion didn’t happen. Cyara Bird lied. Her niece may have been suspended, but it wasn’t over ‘rainbow poppies’. You’ve been played, @CatJezzy . https://t.co/7r6GzOoDZE
— Bob Devries (or close enough). (@CuratorBob) November 8, 2019.
You’ve got a whole month dedicated to the LGBTQ community, but the people who legitimately made a difference and died so that we could live decent lives get one day. You don’t need a poppy, you just clearly want attention. One day to celebrate the real hero’s how about we don’t make it about your sexuality for once?
If you didn’t make such a big deal about it and force people to make it a part of their lives it would be no problem.
Read the last sentence again. pic.twitter.com/1YHfR1UMiW
— Mondee Redman 🍁🐾 (@MondeeRedman) November 8, 2019
Remembrance Day is observed in the countries and states of the British Commonwealth to honor the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty since the end of the First World War.
Traditionally, the day was observed in Canada by people wearing a poppy made of paper or fabric red material and a black center, as The Post Millenial observed. Funds collected from the sale of the poppies have gone to the Legion Poppy Fund for financial assistance to veterans.
Bird added on Twitter, “I should add that the school screamed at her to stay quiet about it.” She posted a message from Natalie’s father reading, “Good the school was trying to hush her about it they literally both screamed at her she tried to voice record them on her phone and they tried to take it away from her.”
Cyara Bird Statements
Cyara Bird told the Post Millennial, “At 17, you are growing into yourself, you are learning to speak out against things you think are wrong. What kind of message does this send to a young woman? That they are not supposed to speak out against something they disagree with.” She added, “The pride we have because of our grandfather fighting in World War II is strong. We all wear poppies. [Natalie] was not opposing wearing one—she just did not want to wear one she felt was disrespectful to the veterans.”
Fast Facts You Need to Know
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