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    A Message from the Principal
    Posted on 03/27/2019

    SPS logoGarfield High School
    400 23rd Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98122
    Tel: (206) 252-2270
    Fax: (206) 252-2271 



    March 27, 2019

    Dear Garfield families:

    As many are aware, a video depicting one of our students engaged in anti-Semitic, racist behavior was
    shared with students yesterday. Though the creation of the video occurred a year ago, prior to the
    student attending Garfield High School, the video was recently posted publicly on social media by a
    different Garfield student; and yesterday was shared with Garfield’s 9th grade class.

    Thank you to those of you who reached out to me to share your concerns. I share your feelings of
    dismay and frustration. Religious bigotry, racism, and discrimination of any type is not tolerated. This act
    goes against every core belief held by the school and district. As Garfield’s principal, I take the
    responsibility to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning environment very seriously.

    The student issued an apology via social media soon after the video was posted and prior to yesterday’s
    incident. And, while it does not excuse what happened, I want to remind our broader community that
    middle and high school students are learning and developing during these formative years. We are
    conferring with central office staff and have handled discipline in accordance with the student code of

    I recognize this incident may have caused students’ concern for their safety and the safety of others.
    We have worked very hard at Garfield to help educate our students on racial equity, cultural awareness,
    and inclusion. This situation highlights that work is still needed and is ongoing. I started the process and
    will continue to work with the district’s Department for Racial Equity & Advancement to develop a plan
    for reconciliation and healing among students and the community.

    I encourage you to use this situation as an opportunity to talk with your student about the perpetuation
    of hate, racism, and anti-Semitism, the role social media plays, and the consequences – now and into
    the future – that may result.

    If your student needs support while at school, please have them contact their school counselor. Thank
    you for your ongoing support and partnership.

    Principal Howard