Incidents of Intolerance
December 9, 2016
Dear ASCIP Members:
We are aware that many school districts throughout the nation are facing troubling incidents of intolerance and/or bullying in and outside of their campuses in the wake of the recent presidential election. While it appears that the number of occurrences is declining, it goes without saying that it is advisable that all districts be on alert and prepared for further episodes until at least the presidential inauguration in January, and perhaps beyond.
On November 10th, the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, issued a statement reassuring California public school students from kindergarten through grade twelve that they are all safe from discrimination and bullying, saying: “I know that the outcome of the recent presidential election has caused deep concern among many students and families. The nation maintains a strong tradition for the peaceful transition of power. I want to let all of California’s 6.2 million public school students know that keeping them safe from discrimination and bullying at our great state’s 11,000 public schools is a top priority.”
Understanding that many of our districts have been or will be addressing this issue with their school communities, we want to provide additional information and examples of messaging and outreach that have been published. ASCIP offers the following suggestions as best practices for preventing and addressing events on campuses: