By Jamie Lattin, Editor-in-Chief
// The blatancy of racism within our community and schools recently revealed itself in the form of a video that leaked on social media on June 4.
In an email to the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) community, Superintendent John Nickerson responded to a video circulating on social media capturing district students using racial slurs.
“The video and its contents are reprehensible and very hurtful to our community, particularly our students, families and staff of color, and we must now use it as the catalyst for conversation about the difficult racial experience, racial inequalities and institutional racism experienced in our community and use it to stimulate district and community improvements,” Nickerson said in the email.
In a statement to the Campolindo High School community, Campolindo Principal John Walker referred to himself as “angry and disappointed” and called the language “reprehensible.”
The response to the video was inflammatory among students in the district. A petition on change.org calling for the suspension of the students amassed signatures within the first few hours of its creation and has 1,979 at the time of this writing.
Nickerson acknowledged the need for increased anti-racism work in the AUHSD and administrators plan to meet with racial equity leaders across the district and create a student forum to stimulate positive reform.
Despite the increased frequency of initiatives like these to combat racism in recent years, discrimination and hatred are still prevalent in the AUHSD.
“Just as I am hopeful that this time it will be different and the murder of George Floyd will bring positive reform to many institutions, I am hopeful this video posting will bring positive change to the AUHSD,” Nickerson said.