Follow-up statement regarding swastika graffiti

June 27, 2017


June 27, 2017, follow-up statement regarding swastika graffiti:

We’d like to provide additional information in answer to questions following yesterday’s letter regarding the discovery of swastika graffiti on campus. A roughly one-inch drawing of a swastika was discovered on a window ledge in the vestibule of Exit 3, commonly called the Driver Ed entrance, on the Scoville Avenue side of the South Hallway. A parent who had been sitting next to the ledge working on her laptop eventually noticed the drawing. She reported it to a security staff member, who then informed buildings and grounds staff. It was removed immediately.

There is a security camera in the hallway next to the vestibule. However, the entryway itself is often crowded with students mingling and sitting on the ledge and the graffiti was so small that it isn’t possible to determine when it was drawn or by whom.

As we stated yesterday, hate has no place at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Harassment, bullying, or intimidation of any kind for any reason will not be tolerated.

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June 26, 2017, letter sent to families:

Dear OPRF Families, Students, and Staff,

Hateful graffiti was found in the lobby of our school, where someone drew a swastika. Our Buildings and Grounds staff removed this deeply offensive symbol of oppression and genocide as quickly as possible. We were unable to determine when the graffiti was drawn or by whom, but we believe it is possible that the person or group responsible may be part of our own school community.

Let us be clear: Hate has no place at Oak Park and River Forest High School. We, as a school community, stand for respect and inclusion. As described in Board Policy 7:20 Harassment of Students Prohibited, harassment, bullying, or intimidation of any kind for any reason will not be tolerated. We appreciate your support in making OPRF a place where all are free to learn in a safe and welcoming environment.

Sincerely,

Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams
Superintendent