17 January 2023

Racist Graffiti

Dear Wellington Families,

It is with deep sadness that I share with you that over the weekend the n-word was etched into the concrete of the sidewalk near our Wellington School playground. A community member alerted us to this racist act on Saturday afternoon. We immediately notified the police who are working with the school department to investigate and identify the perpetrator.   

This week, in which we remember the life and legacy of Dr. King, we are united in our condemnation of this racist act. We stand in solidarity with our Black and African-American community members who were targeted by it, and also acknowledge that racism negatively impacts all of us. We remain committed to centering anti-racist practices into our day-to-day work with students, and are deeply aware that we still have a great deal of work to do in this area.

We have notified our educators about what has occurred, and although we will not be bringing up the incident in our classrooms, we are here to privately support any individual students who wish to share what they know with their teachers. 

The Belmont Public Schools will continue to work with the Belmont Police Department and the Belmont Human Rights Commission on this investigation. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any questions or thoughts.

With warmest regards,