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2d instance of graffiti surfaces at high school

Posted by Your Town  March 11, 2010 05:48 PM

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New instances of offensive graffiti have been reported at Wellesley High School, prompting officials to plan school-wide meetings Friday with students that they warn could become "emotionally charged.''

In mid February, someone carved a racist slur twice into a partition wall between stalls in a boys bathroom. The police were called, but no charges were reported.

The details of the latest incident are vague, but, in a letter to Wellesley High parents, principal Andrew W. Keough said the school is responding forcefully.

"As you know, in recent weeks we have been spending time here in school discussing the effects of recent harmful graffiti. Unfortunately, some scrawling has continued to show up in various locations throughout the building, and this has prompted a call to action by the staff and student body. We are collectively responding,'' he wrote.

"Today, senior students spoke over the PA about the actual incidents that have taken place since the original graffiti and tomorrow we will come together as a school to process what our core value of Respecting Human Differences looks like in reality. We will have an all school meeting consisting of staff and student testimonials and will then break into thirds to provide the student body with further opportunities to be heard,'' he wrote.

"Our plan is to leave the meetings with at least ten actions that we as a community can take to combat racism and marginalization in our school.''

"We expect the meetings to be emotionally charged, but nevertheless important conversations about who we are as a school, and who we are striving to be as a community of learners,'' he wrote.

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