A Colorado high school principal resigned on Monday after a Snapchat photo showed three students reenacting the murder of George Floyd.
Wren Valley School superintendent Don Haddad said in a letter to parents obtained by USA Today that Mead High School principal Rachel Ayers resigned after holding multiple roles at the school over the past 12 years.
Haddad acknowledged that the school “experienced significant challenges” in the past year but did not mention the incident in relation to the photo. Wren Valley School did not say whether Ayers’ resignation was linked to the Snapchat photo.
“Rachael Ayers has decided to resign as principal at Mead High School. I would like to thank her for her long service to the Mead High community over the past 12 years as a teacher, assistant principal and principal, And I wish Mrs. all the best in her future endeavours,” Haddad said in the letter.
Haddad announced that new principal Brian Young “will hold community meetings to discuss advancing student success and achievement with a focus on a safe and inclusive school environment and culture for every student, teacher, staff, and community member.” will host.”
photography, Retrieved by Boulder Daily Camera, shows a student with a black face on the ground with one student kneeling on his neck and the other kneeling next to them. The photo has been captioned, “Bye bye seniors (sic).”
Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the ground with Floyd on his neck for more than nine minutes. Handcuffed, Floyd pleaded for help and said he could not breathe several times. Chauvin found guilty 2nd and 3rd degree manslaughter and second degree manslaughter on 20 April.
Floyd’s killing sparked an international movement to end police brutality and end social injustice. Haddad said on May 20 He was exposed to a “disturbing and disgusting” picture reenacting the murder of Floyd.
“We at St. Wren Valley Schools strongly condemn racism in any form, and there is no tolerance and will address this extremely serious matter immediately and accordingly. Our district is committed to its commitment to diversity and equality in our schools and in our work. reaffirms the commitment,” Haddad said.
A day after Hadad’s letter, about 45 students Demonstration outside Mead High School above photo. A group of students told NBC Cusa Denver that the students in the photo were disciplined, but the district said they could not comment on discipline due to privacy laws.
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