Atlanta Spa Statement

Last night's shooting underscores an alarming rise in anti-Asian violence that must end.


 

Dear Students and Colleagues,

Even as we prepare for the joyful return to campus of our students beginning in less than 48 hours, we are faced with confronting yet another horrifying tragedy in our nation that has left all of us, and most specifically the Asian-identifying members of our community and our world, deeply shaken. 

Last evening, eight people in the suburbs of Atlanta were gunned down by a disturbed individual. Seven of the eight victims were women, and six of the women were Asian. While we do not wish to draw our own conclusions regarding motive in these attacks, it is impossible to ignore the disproportionate impact of the shootings on the Asian American community, which is already reeling from a sharp increase in racist attacks across the country. This devastating event represents simply the latest affront to the Asian community in this country. 

Pomfret School unequivocally condemns this atrocious act of violence, and we stand by all of the Asian members of our community and the Asian community across the country who are left feeling vulnerable and targeted. Our school values state that we care for ourselves, the people around us, and the community in which we live; that we champion diversity and inclusion, seeking to understand and be understood; and that we treat people with respect and compassion. We stand by those values.

We vow to continue to strive to find ways to address hatred and racism in our world, and to educate a new generation of global citizens who will embrace the need for equity, compassion, inclusion, and justice for every human being.

We have scheduled an open Zoom call for tomorrow evening for all members of our Asian community, and we will continue to offer opportunities designed to allow students and adults to process this and other related incidents and to explore how Pomfret can find ways to make all of our community members, students and adults alike, feel safe and that they belong. 

Our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging has never been more important, and this terrible tragedy reinforces why we are determined to do our part to help heal a world in need.

As always, I welcome people’s thoughts and suggestions for how we can do better.
 

Sincerely,

Tim Richards P ’15
Head of School


 

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