Dear Braintree School Community,
Earlier this evening, the Braintree Public Schools joined Mayor Kokoros in his statement condemning the actions of the Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd, which you can find here: https://www.braintreema.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=298
As part of the Mayor’s message, the BPS stated: “With the events we currently face as a nation and Commonwealth, it is important for us as a school department to re-affirm our unwavering commitment to create and support an environment that protects and promotes the physical, social, and emotional health of all of our students, families and staff. As a school community we embrace our diversity first and foremost because we believe in the inherent dignity and worth of all people; we also do so because we know that standing up for the individuals who make up our community makes us all stronger. We are here in support of all of our children and their families to ensure that every member of our school-community not only feels welcome, but that they feel loved and respected.”
When any of our students or families feel threatened, unsafe, or devalued, it must be a concern for us all. Incidents like this, and the aftermath that often follows in their wake, are unsettling for many of our students and families. It is important for us to recognize and validate that this is especially true for our students and families of color, who need and shall receive our full support. If you are a parent who is struggling to help your child manage their feelings and emotions in the face of these recent events, please reach out to your school principal. If you are a student reading this message, know that you matter, that you are loved, and that your teachers, counselors, and administrators are here for you. Always.
Finally, please try to look for the good stories. Fred Rogers, a.k.a. Mr. Rogers, once said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” There are plenty of stories on those who are out their helping others get through this; in fact, it is often the case that in times when some are at their worst, we find many who are at their best, like this Flint, Michigan police officer: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/31/us/flint-michigan-protest-police-trnd/index.html.
There is neither place nor room in our school community for hate. Let us not only ensure that to be true but let us find and become the helpers for those who need us most.
Be well and stay safe.
Dr. Frank Hackett, Superintendent of Schools