Dear OPRF High School Students, Staff, and Families,
This afternoon, a conscientious community member alerted the District of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti found on school property. Many of you were made aware of this hateful incident on social media, and we regret if that was your first communication. In our current world of instant news, we are not always able to provide information prior to posts on social media. We do however want to give our community accurate information with a sense of urgency. We are grateful that a community member brought this to our attention and did not assume we were already aware and simply hadn’t acted.
The graffiti has been removed, and the police are investigating. As we learn more we will, of course, communicate through all channels to our school community and the community at large. Our hope is that anyone with additional information will provide it to the principal (email@example.com) and superintendent (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We live in a time where, sadly, safe spaces are targeted. Our goal for our school community is to do everything possible so that our staff, students, and families are not put in harm’s way. In the midst of our anger and sorrow over this hateful act, we remind ourselves that outrage without action will not further our work to be a safe space in our community. To those community members who’ve emailed and called to alert us, we thank you for trusting us. As school board president and superintendent, respectively, but more importantly as members of this community, we won’t tolerate our school being used as a springboard for hate.
We invite you to join us this Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 6-8 p.m. in the OPRF South Cafeteria for Community Conversation about Hate Crimes in Our Community: Coming Together for Change (see attached flier). This event is being co-sponsored by the high school with Suburban Unity Alliance, and we hope you will join us.
Dr. Jackie Moore
Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams