MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A Medford high school teacher has been asked to remove a Black Lives Matter poster from his classroom following criticism from parents.

The Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2csgFve ) a photo of South Medford High School teacher Paul Cynar standing next to the poster was taken by a student and then circulated by parents and forwarded to the media.

Medford School District spokeswoman Natalie Hurd says Cynar was asked to take the poster down and removed it more than two weeks ago. Hurd says his compliance made it a "nonissue."

School policy states teachers can express their opinions so long as they indicate their views are theirs alone and are willing to acknowledge other opinions.

Cynar says he wasn't trying to change anyone's beliefs, but "to encourage students to grapple with other views."

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/