Follow-up on social media incident

October 10, 2017

Dear OPRF Families and Students,

Last night we notified the Oak Park and River Forest High School community that we were aware of a racially offensive social media post and that we are investigating the issue. We are deeply concerned not only about the harm done by the original post but also about the current level of disruption to the educational environment being created by subsequent social media posts related to the incident. As a district, our priority is the well-being of our students. We have an obligation to provide an education for them in an environment where they feel safe, valued, and heard.

The current level of discourse is negatively affecting the school learning environment as well as posing safety concerns for our students. We are taking measures to reduce the harm while we investigate this incident. We request that our school community respect this process and know that our work is done with the best interest of our students at its core. In the coming weeks we will provide opportunities for our school to discuss the harmful behavior and work together to improve our school climate, as well as create greater understanding of our policies and procedures.

Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams