SCS, Gray Stone respond to social media posts
Gray Stone Day School posted the following on its Facebook page Wednesday night.
Dear Gray Stone Community,
We are heartbroken, and quite frankly outraged, to share with you that a student who attended Gray Stone this past year was one of the individuals in an image of despicable content shared through their personal social media.
This post and others like it are clear acts of hate and racism that are without question unacceptable. While this did occur outside of the school, we have a moral obligation to hold students to a higher standard.
We are appalled by this, and we will adhere to legal guidelines for public schools as they relate to the discipline of a minor. The Board of Directors is exploring options and will take the necessary steps to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students and staff — especially our students of color.
While we are addressing this particular issue, it raises the concern about what we should be doing as a school to address the systemic problem of racism.
Every student has a voice that deserves to be shared and heard. We must encourage those voices and we must listen carefully when they do. Students need to be heard.
Our country is hurting, especially our communities of color. We can do better and we will do better. No student should face harassment of any kind whether that is based on religion, sexual orientation, race or economic background.
We continue to ask that any act of harassment be reported to administration immediately. Each will be met with swift investigation and there will be no tolerance for any act of racism.
In closing, we need to reflect on where we have been and create dialogue on where we go from here. We can no longer accept to teach about change in the past. We must be a catalyst for change in the future.
Gray Stone has to be a school where no one person feels unsafe or attacked. We recognize in the past we might have missed opportunities to be more vocal and clear on this front; but let us be blunt now in stating that we are committed to standing against racism and the harassment or degradation of people of color.
Thank you for your continued support through these challenging times. This is a defining moment in our great country’s history and together we have the opportunity to ensure that the next generation of young minds will leave it better than the last.
Middle School Principal
High School Principal
Chief Administrative Officer