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HCPSS Superintendent Responds to Hateful Incidents in Ellicott City, November 19, 2018

November 19th, 2018

The following message was sent from HCPSS Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano to the HCPSS community on Monday, November 19, 2018:

As you may be aware, over the weekend a number of flyers were found in Ellicott City’s Main Street area that spewed messages of hatred and bigotry. This type of incident is deeply disturbing to every decent person, and even more so to those of us who cherish the environment of acceptance and appreciation for diversity that is Howard County’s hallmark.

The fact that hateful incidents of this type seem to be growing more frequent is even more unsettling, and to me, is a signal that we must all be assertive in demanding that every person and group be treated with honor and dignity. And as the most significant adults in our children’s orbit, we must be especially diligent that our words, actions and online behavior consistently model these values.

Children may be especially shaken and confused. Please take time to listen carefully to your child’s questions and concerns. You can find on our website many resources for talking to your child after traumatic events. Please also encourage them to reach out for support at any time from teachers or student services staff at school.

There is no place for hatred in our school system or community. Thank you for your partnership in making our schools and community a place where everyone feels safe, welcome and included.