Letter to Families: April 24, 2019

I want to make you aware of a concern that was brought to my attention this evening. A student in our district posted a threatening photo on social media – seemingly directed toward our Muslim families. The post was hateful and offensive, and our administrative team has taken immediate action. As we take these threats seriously, we have contacted the local authorities and filed a police report. In addition, we have contacted the family of the student and the image has been removed. We reported the post to the social media platform as hate speech.

I want to assure you that we are taking appropriate action and the student will not return to campus until a full investigation is completed and we have every indication that they are not a threat.

I am saddened to have to repeat this: hate speech and actions will not be tolerated in the Northshore School District. There is simply no place for it, and if it occurs, we will respond accordingly. With the world in such turmoil, we want to be a place where every member of our community feels safe, respected and welcome. We value each of our students, our families, our staff, and community members. I want to send my deepest regrets to our Muslim families as this incident does not represent our values and beliefs as a school district.

Finally, I want to thank those who reported this incident. We must remain diligent partners in this effort. If you see something, say something. If it is an urgent matter, dial 911. You can also report concerns and incidents via the anonymous SafeSchools tool.

Thank you for your attention to this important topic,

Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Northshore School District

 


 

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