We Step Up and Interrupt Acts of Hate!

Greetings Hall community,

Please view our message about how Hall Middle is responding to the racist graffiti found at neighboring Redwood High School yesterday morning.

All Advisory classes set aside normal activities today to discuss this matter. Please review and reflect on our Advisory discussion with your child at home.

Additionally, over the last two weeks at Hall, we discovered a racist and homophobic message outside of a classroom and have had instances of swastikas drawn onto desk surfaces in another classroom. In both instances, teachers discussed the matter with their classes; in the case of the racist and homophobic language the teacher sent a message to the parents of her students explaining the incident. Administration continues to investigate both matters; we currently have no evidence showing a connection between the incidents at Hall and Redwood.

While it is not clear that the incidents at Hall target particular individuals, their very presence threatens our sense of safety and collective well-being. They are unacceptable and they do not reflect our culture of kindness, mutual respect and acceptance of all individuals.

These words and images are firmly in the category of hate speech and are against the law and district and school policy. Consequences for authoring such messages are serious. At Hall Middle, every child and adult has the right to learn and work in a safe, supportive, welcoming environment. We will work tirelessly to ensure this happens every day.

Sincerely,

Eric Saibel, Principal

Tenisha Tate, Assistant Principal

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2 thoughts on “We Step Up and Interrupt Acts of Hate!

  1. I am glad you are addressing this. I feel scared of the bigotry, racism, homophobia and anti-semetism that is being stirred up, and even encouraged by some, in our country. Sad to see how it makes its way into the lives of children. But I guess we should not be surprised. Children learn from us. Thank you for not ignoring this. In the words of Eli Wiesel, the great author and holocaust survivor, “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

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