This past weekend, residents of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown alerted law enforcement that stickers promoting a hate group, named Patriot Front, had been found throughout both Villages. Swift action was taken by the community and police to remove the stickers, initiate an investigation, and our local officials quickly denounced this show of hate.
On behalf of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, I want to express our disgust for the beliefs and actions of these hate groups and reiterate that there is no place for racist, derogatory, discriminatory and/or biased words or actions within our school district. I am gratified to know that community members spoke up about these stickers. Through our ongoing work with our district equity stakeholder team and the NYU Metro Center, we have learned that bystanders of acts of hate must also be held accountable, act as agents of change, and take responsibility for impacting their sphere of influence through their own initiative and upstanding words, actions, and behaviors. These community members clearly embraced that role and now serve as a model for others.
Our work on diversity, equity and inclusion also challenges us to think about not just what we are against, but also what we are for. We unequivocally stand for equity, inclusivity, and racial justice and implore everyone in our schools and community to join us in speaking out against any and all expressions of hate. The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns are committed to ensuring that our schools provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, disability, or immigration status. I look forward to collaborating with our faculty, community members and students to continue this important work.