Has your child been told to quiet down about Palestine?
Or not to wear a kaffiyah?
Have they been punished for showing solidarity with Gaza?
Do not stay silent. Our youth need support.
Check out our resources for parents to help stand up for your children.
If you have an incident, click here to report what happened to you.
If you want to talk to school administrators if your child has gone through something terrible, as we are hearing is happening across the country, please see the below:
- As a parent and community member at the (Board), I am writing to express my deep disappointment on how my child was made to feel dehumanized and a bad person for suggesting that they are worried about the situation in Israel and Gaza.
- As active and engaged parents in the community, we have come to know the school community quite well, and have appreciated our school’s commitment to educate, uplift, and support its diverse student body. Therefore, it is quite shocking that my student was made to feel as if our education system doesn’t care about their well-being.
- The school board I am in has Palestinian staff, students, and families, and many of us have friends or extended families that are connected to those in Gaza. Let’s be clear: what happened to Jewish civilians was abhorrent and disgusting. There is no justification for what they went through. However, we do not agree with responding to violence with more violence. That’s why my children are suggesting.
- My children have voiced feeling unacknowledged, ignored, and anxious. Other families have communicated their shared worry about the safety of their kids. The impact of the Board’s statement demonstrates an ignorance and lack of care concerning the true diversity of its staff, students, or the wider community it exists to serve.
- If the Board cannot take into consideration the whole community they serve, as parents, how can we know that our children are safe, cared for, and understood in your schools?
- I would like to ensure that clear and swift actions are taken to restore trust between the parent community and the Board. The (Board) has made it’s commitment to uphold the tenants of equity, diversity, and human rights very clear. This commitment was one of the biggest deciding factors when I placed my child in your care. Today, I am asking you to uphold that commitment
- We want to work together to make that happen.