A string of hateful messages appearing on school grounds has led to the Brookline School District investigating and encouraging parents to talk with children.
Last week, a swastika and the word “Trump,” were written on a chalkboard at the Lincoln School. This week, teachers at Brookline High School found profanity directed at Donald Trump next to another swastika.
School officials told Wicked Local it is possible that this is a copycat incident; however it does not change the severity of the issue.
In a letter home to school staff, Superintendent Andrew Bott stated, “these incidents are reflective of a disturbing normalization of hate speech and symbols, but this speech and these symbols are not reflective of who we are as a community.”
According to the Boston Globe, this is the second time in three months the Brookline School District has dealt with hateful messages such as these. Racist and homophobic graffiti was found on picnic tables near Brookline High School at Cypress Field in September.
School Committee Chair Susan Wolf Ditkoff wants to ensure that community members know the role of the Brookline school district is, “to secure that hate speech is not tolerated.”