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County Officials: School Graffiti ‘Intolerable in Our Community’

by Karen Goff — June 9, 2015 at 4:30 pm 9 Comments

Graffiti at Herndon High SchoolFairfax County supervisors and school board members are speaking up in response to racist, profane and anti-semitic graffiti at Herndon High School last week.

There has since been similar incident at South Lakes High School, but a joint statement by Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and school board rep Pat Hynes and Dranesville Supervisor John Foust and school board member Jane Strauss was issued prior to Sunday’s SLHS vandalism.

No suspects have been charged.

The representatives say the behavior is “intolerable in our community.”

“It does not represent the inclusive community that we strive to make possible in Fairfax County,” the reps said.

Here’s the statement:

Last weekend, vile hate speech and derogatory symbols were found defacing property at Herndon High School. We stand together, all saying that this behavior is intolerable in our community. This action represents some of the worst intolerance that we have seen, and does not represent the inclusive community that we strive to make possible in Fairfax County.

This action is intended to demean and diminish members of our community. The symbols depicted at Herndon High School represent hate and inhumanity. We will not stand for this behavior in our school system, or in the greater Fairfax County community.

We will not allow our schools to become a platform for hatred and intolerance of any group or individual. Moreover, we must use this occasion in a positive way, to teach respect and tolerance and to demonstrate how the diversity of our county enriches all our lives.

This is a horrific example, but we must take it as an opportunity to further build an inclusive community for all.

Photo: Graffiti at Herndon High School

  • Greg

    Why is it that these schools and county facilities, costing hundreds of millions of dollars, don’t have security cameras where they are needed? And, where has the teaching fail occurred? We’ve seen many full-page, full-color adverts in local rags denigrating a supervisor who allegedly “doesn’t support “education,” but these adverts have been paid for by teacher unions. Never any adverts about the teachers’ failure to teach respect and tolerance.

    • susie

      Hey Greg, it is the parent’s job to teach respect and tolerance. Teachers are hired to teach curriculum.

      • Greg

        Perhaps, but the “statement” above sets forth a different curriculum. To wit: “Moreover, we must use this occasion in a positive way, to *** teach *** respect and tolerance and to demonstrate how the diversity of our county enriches all our lives.

        • Ricky Spanish

          I can smell a new Virginia SOL objective coming…

        • Ming the Merciless

          Could an adult audit such a class?

          I have yet to hear a convincing demonstration of “how the diversity of our county (our state, our country) enriches all our lives”. If FCPS can demonstrate this, why aren’t they shouting it from the rooftops?

          The first draft went like this:

          “Moreover, we must use this occasion in a positive way, to indoctrinate the young into unthinking obedience to illogical and unfalsifiable Leftist dogma, to reject thoughtcrime, and to avoid future feelbad.”

          But that didn’t sound quite as good…

    • Sheryl Cosing

      South Lakes high school does have exterior security cameras. Perhaps the investigator will find the footage insifhtful.

  • Ming the Merciless

    The symbols depicted at Herndon High School represent hate and inhumanity.

    Including the gigantic set of male genitals? Enough of your feminazi manshaming already, Herndon!

  • shagga

    Inclusive for all, Group Hug!

  • Chuck Morningwood

    One man’s grafitti is another man’s art. At least the images at SLHS is certainly more understandable and evocative than that “open straws waving in the wind” monstrosity at the north entrance to the Wiehle Metro station.

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