Wellesley High School Principal Jamie Chisum for at least the third time this young school year has reached out to parents to inform them of a racial situation being addressed by the school. Students were informed of the latest issue via a video message this morning.
Chisum says a teacher on Friday “found the ‘N’ word written on a girls bathroom stall on the third floor. We took a picture of the writing, which was done in ink, and then the writing was removed. Our student supervisors spent a good deal of time examining the tape of the outside of that room from that day and before and the Assistant Principals are investigating that list.”
Earlier this month, Chisum discussed with the WHS community the discovery of a swastika etched onto a computer monitor at the school. The school year began with an assembly about an online racial incident involving WHS students over the summer and a new One Wellesley effort to foster inclusiveness at the school.
Upcoming efforts to promote unity at WHS include: a visit from Waking Up White author Debbi Irving; a group of One Wellesley students going to a workshop to gain training and inspiration on the topic of racial equity; and a group of sports team captains going to a racial equity training event at Wheelock College.