Dear Scofield Magnet Middle School Parents,
We are all experiencing a variety of emotions by the most recent events in Minneapolis and cities across the country. These feelings can be fear, mistrust, angst, and anger.
Events that we are seeing in the news or on social media can test our human spirit. It’s important that in times like this that we support one another and come together as a community. Our physical distance should not impact our ability to connect. In the spirit of togetherness, if you need support or someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any other staff member. I am blessed to have my own network of fellow Principals that I have been in contact with to debrief what we are all seeing. After having a lengthy discussion with my colleagues today that was ripe with many emotions, I thought it was important that you hear directly from me.
Additionally, I am sure that everyone would agree that images we have observed in the news media and social media are deeply disturbing. As if the images of George Floyd are not troubling enough, a dying retired police officer and a woman being hit over the head with a 2 x 4 are horrible to view, regardless of your age. Therefore, I strongly encourage you to be mindful of what your children are viewing. If you know they have observed various images, please talk with them. As a father of four children, I can tell you for sure that if you don’t, someone else will and it may not meet your parental expectations.
Finally, I will leave you a quote from President Theodore Roosevelt. “Courage is not having the strength to go on, it’s going on when you don’t have strength.” Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.