South Butler Families,
Over the past few weeks, we have turned on our televisions to witness protesting as a result of inequities that exist throughout the country. The senseless killing of George Floyd by several Minneapolis Police Officers is certainly having an impact upon many of the students throughout the South Butler County School District.
Most recently, the administrative team was made aware of a negative social media post by a former student who utilized a reprehensible image and made appalling comments toward people of color. Although this individual is no longer a student of the South Butler County School District, it is important that we as a community and school district condemn this type of behavior. Racist statements are not acceptable, not now and not ever. The South Butler County School District will not tolerate insensitive and hateful language. It is important that all students feel comfortable and respected in our school district and in our community. We must better understand inequities that exist and continue to improve through actions that will support a more inclusive learning and working environment for all students and staff. This will occur as the South Butler County School District improves by teaching understanding, tolerance and respect.
It is important that we come together as a school community by supporting our students and staff of all races and cultures through an ongoing commitment to improve and educate our school community. It is imperative that we become better listeners and be willing to learn how best to improve and move forward in a district and community that cares for all students and staff. The South Butler County School District is fully committed to listening and eliminating disruptive and hateful speech and actions. It is essential that we acknowledge that we do not have all of the answers to our existing societal challenges. Therefore, we must continue to listen and learn from our students to become fully informed as we build a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students and staff of the South Butler County School District.
As a society and a school district, there is much work to be done. Please join me in moving forward and committing to eliminate all forms of hate in our schools and community.
David Foley, Ed.D.