We find ourselves troubled and disheartened by the recent news that a student at our own Bellows Free Academy was targeted by another student in an act of cruel and senseless racism. Our hearts are with the student targeted and the many other students who may not have been the intended victim, but were still made to believe they were not welcome, safe, or valued in their own learning environment and community. And our thoughts are with the many BIPOC families in the BFA St. Albans community who have been afflicted by not only this incident, but any instance of racism or bigotry.
We stand together and resolute in saying that the St. Albans community condemns this and all other forms of hatred, that it will not be tolerated, and that all those with hate in their hearts are not welcome here. Hate has no home in St. Albans. This is a community that prides itself in that it continues to work to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all. And this is a community that understands that it has a lot of work to do.
To BFA's BIPOC families, and all other BIPOC or marginalized residents of our community; we're sorry this happened. We pledge to have ongoing and committed discussions with our children about inclusiveness and acceptance. We'll also continue to teach them that we all share in the duty of calling out, condemning, and educating any perpetrator of any act of hate we see. We humbly ask for your continued help in making St. Albans what it can and should be.
Mayor Tim Smith and Chair Brendan Deso