Recently the pandemic has spotlighted anti-Asian hate crimes and vicious attacks in the news. I am saddened and troubled by the events that have played out across the country as more reports surface regarding these aggressive and violent behaviors.
Statistics from the organization Stop AAPI Hate show nearly 3,800 firsthand reports of violence, discrimination, and harassment against Asian Americans since March of last year, including more than 500 incidents in just the first two months of 2021. Many of the incidents were specifically targeted at Asian-American women.
Tacoma Public Schools employs and serves ALL communities. Racism and xenophobia—in action and language—must not be tolerated. I call on all of us to collectively support our diverse communities and speak up and take action against hate. If you see something, say something.
Report Tacoma Public Schools cases here:
To report a hate crime in progress, call 911. For hate crime cases in our community not in progress, report them to the Tacoma Police Department non-emergency number (253) 287-4455.
As a school staff and community, we must pay careful attention to the social-emotional well-being of our students and support them if they are struggling. To that end, I would like to share the following helpful resources:
Hate is a Virus
Carla J. Santorno
TPS Media Contact
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