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Dear SPS Families:

I am writing to inform you of actions taken thus far in regard to a recent disturbing and unacceptable incident at Curtis Middle School. The incident involves swastikas in a boys bathroom that were discovered by one of our custodians and reported to administration. Administration reported the incident to police and are cooperating with police in a joint investigation. Administrators met with students to discuss the incident and to solicit any known information and will continue to do so. The investigation, in collaboration with Sudbury PD, is ongoing and we are in the process of reaching out to local Rabbis, the Anti-Defamation League, and other local resources to plan for enhanced learning opportunities for all students.

We must not tolerate expressions of hate and students, staff, and families must feel empowered to report any incident of this type. Upon a report, we will take action and work with the appropriate partners, including local authorities, the Anti-Defamation League and local clergy leaders to investigate and plan for follow-up to any such incident. Please inform the Curtis administration if you have any potentially relevant information.

FYI - Below, please see the joint press release with Sudbury PD that was issued this evening.

Respectfully,
Anne

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Joint press release issued this evening with Sudbury PD:

Sudbury Police Department Investigating Swastika Drawn in Middle School Bathroom

SUDBURY - Superintendent Anne Wilson from the Sudbury Public Schools along with Police Chief Scott Nix of the Sudbury Police Department are jointly investigating a report of a swastika found on a boy's lavatory bathroom at the Curtis Middle School in Sudbury.

"The swastika is a symbol of hate, and the Sudbury Police Department strives to ensure that our community is inclusive and welcoming to all people and cultures," Chief Nix said. "We will investigate this, and we will make sure that students understand that hate speech will not be tolerated."

The swastika was found by a building custodian.

The Police Department and Sudbury Public Schools will meet with students to ensure they are educated in the hateful meaning of the symbols and the repercussions of using them. Administrators met with 8th grade boys on Monday in two separate sessions to address the seriousness of the incident. Parents and guardians are encouraged to have honest, open discussions with their children about the situation.

Police and school officials have spoken with a local Rabbi in Sudbury, who has offered any assistance that would be beneficial. Officials have also contacted the Anti-Defamation League for guidance and educational resources.

The Police Department does not believe any specific student was targeted.