Boston Latin School Head of School Jason Gallagher alerted parents today that a student discovered "a small swastika" etched into a gym door - even as the school was planning to launch programs "related to antisemitism, Islamophobia, and anti-Arab discrimination."
Last night, we received an email from a BLS family that their student had discovered a small swastika etched on a door in the lower gymnasium. This morning, we located this hate symbol and ensured that it is no longer visible. While it appears that the swastika may have been placed there a while ago and it was tough to see, we are making every effort to investigate this thoroughly in partnership with the BPS Office of Safety, BPS Office of Equity, and Boston Police Department Civil Rights Unit, including viewing security camera footage.
Our community is angry and heartbroken by this, regardless of when it was first placed there. To find the most significant and notorious symbol of hate, white supremacy and antisemitism in our school is unacceptable. It is in contradiction to our BLS Core Values where we “Respect each other, respect our unique identities, and respect the fundamental humanity of each person.” If any students would like support as we process this, as always, please do not hesitate to contact your guidance counselor.
Gallagher said he will soon release details of the school's new efforts to combat hate:
This has been a very challenging time for so many of us, and each day, we are identifying important steps as we heal, learn, and build bridges.