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A Message from the Superintendent Regarding Verdict in Derek Chauvin Trial, April 20, 2021

April 20th, 2021

The following statement was issued to Howard County Public School System staff, students, families and community by HCPSS Superintendent Michael Martirano on April 20, 2021:

This afternoon, the verdict was announced in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged in George Floyd’s death. It is my hope that this long-awaited decision brings solace to the family of Mr. Floyd and provides a pathway forward to everyone in our nation who has been deeply concerned about the rights and respect due to all in our communities and who has been fighting for justice. As educators, this is yet another reminder of the urgency of our work with diversity, equity and inclusion, and to ensure that all students feel safe, respected and included in the school community. Please remember that showing love for each other is the most powerful way we can effect change, and will prevail through our efforts to build a just and inclusive community and country.