Wednesday, March 8, 2017


One day after a racist message was found scrawled on a bathroom door in South Orange Middle School, Principal Lynn Irby revealed a second such message was discovered.

Although she did not reveal what was in the second message, Irby sent parents the second email in two days about the matter today. 

See it below:

Dear SOMS Community,
I am saddened to share that we found a similar racist message in another bathroom today.
We reported this to the SOPD as a bias incident, and the SOPD has already begun an investigation. 
We are continuing the work which I described yesterday to address these specific issues and to foster inclusivity and acceptance. We held a 6th grade town hall today to talk about the hateful graffiti words and the hurtful impact they have on us both as individuals and as a school community.  Classroom discussions are ongoing. I am also continuing to reach out to community leaders so that we can partner together to address incidents and attitudes of bias, and to promote respect and value for the commonalities and differences between the various members of our SOMS and larger communities.
I was heartened to hear from many students today that conversations occurred at home last night and I thank you for that.
Together we can bring about change.
In collaboration,
Lynn A. Irby

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