Racism Is Not Welcome in Our House

Red Raider families,

Today one of our students made a terrible decision to bring to school a pamphlet containing deplorable and racist content. This document has unfortunately been passed around both at school and online, sharing messages that are antithetical to the Raider Way.

The administration worked quickly to identify the student and address the situation.

It is unfortunate that these types of hurtful and ignorant messages can still be found anywhere in our society, and it is a shock to the system to see them appear here in our own school. But as much as we want to avert our eyes when we see things like this, we cannot do so. We must call them out for what they are—offensive and unacceptable—and we thank the students who brought this to the attention of the administration.

These types of messages cause real pain and harm. They are unacceptable here.

It is a reminder to us that we must not forget our past, and that we must continue to work everyday to fight the history of racism that continues to stain our society. Let us all take this moment as an opportunity to come together and define who we are as a school and a society—a warm, welcoming community where everyone is valued—and not allow ourselves to be defined by the ugliness espoused by the few.

These actions do not support the Raider Way. We are committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all students, both physically and emotionally. We encourage anyone with concerns about the culture at HHS to come to us any time to discuss them. Thank you.


Scott Rowe