Hate-speech graffiti removed

June 26, 2017

Dear OPRF Families, Students, and Staff,

Hateful graffiti was found in a 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