anti-semitic vandalism at MSMS

Statement on anti-semitic vandalism at MSMS
Posted on 11/16/2021
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Dear Burlington Community,

The School Committee Equity Statement reads as follows:
Educational equity means that every child belongs and receives whatever support she/he/they need to
develop her/his/their full academic, emotional and social potential to learn and thrive every day. This
begins with kindness and valuing the humanity of every child/individual.

We became aware of an incident on social media on Monday night that violated this statement. Middle
school parents received a letter from Principal Perchase this afternoon regarding anti-Semitic vandalism
in the ceiling of a boy’s bathroom. As stated in Ms. Purchase’s letter, we could not find the anti-Semitic
vandalism during a search of the building until it was located on the topside of a ceiling tile. In other
words, the side that is not visible from the room below.

My mentioning the location is not to minimize the vandalism or the anti-Semitism. I am just explaining
that it was not seen by many students, and we have no idea how long it has been present. We are
responding, however, in the same manner as if the vandalism were in plain sight.

To this end, the middle school will be addressing students on the school’s core values and will be having
follow up conversations. Resources have been provided to parents who want to continue to have these
conversations at home.

As a district, I wanted to reinforce that we will not tolerate any actions that violate our core values. We
hope through education and conversation, we can prevent any future incidents.

Thank you,

Eric M. Conti, Ph.D.