Dear John F. Kennedy Families:
We have been made aware of a troubling message that was shared on social media. We can assure you that this post is not a threat in any way. However, the message is a hurtful comment from one of our former students to one of our students.
In the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, we know that this is an emotional and raw time for many students and families. I want to emphasize that, even though school is not in session, it is important that we all continue to live up to the values of our school district and maintain respect for our fellow students. Please remember that “the JFK way” means that we will not tolerate people using racist language with their fellow students.
John F. Kennedy High School and Denver Public Schools as a whole takes pride in being Safe and Welcoming to all. DPS does not discriminate on the basis of color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, veteran status or disability. The hurtful message that led me to write this letter is a strong reminder that we have much more work to do in our world and in our school as we must work to create inclusive, empowering and equitable learning experiences and schools.
Please know that my team continues to work with our students to empower them to understand online safety and digital citizenship. I am asking each of you family members to talk with your student/s about responsible social media use. Please remind them of the impact their words, actions and photos can have on their peers when shared through social media.
Also, please let them know that, even on “disappearing media” such as Snapchat and Instagram, the things they post are not necessarily gone forever. Please emphasize that if your student is a witness or target of inappropriate behavior or bullying in person or through social media, they should reach out to his or her teacher, school administration and should contact Safe-2-Tell.
As always, feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.