Letter: Expression of support from Greely civil rights team

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The students and staff of the Greely High School Civil Rights Team would like to express our support for our neighboring school communities, including Casco Bay High School, the towns of Augusta, Freeport, Topsham and Gardiner. Casco Bay students were the victims of a terrible incident of racial bias, and the other towns have all been targeted by the Ku Klux Klan, a known hate group with a long history of threatening citizens in our state and our country. We are certain these events do not represent the ideals our local communities strive to uphold. We at Greely believe that people of different religions, races, colors, national origins, ancestries, sexual orientations, genders or different abilities should not be threatened or harassed for who they are; rather they should be accepted and celebrated.

When a biased, violent, intimidating act occurs aimed at people’s core identities, it becomes our obligation to speak up strongly to denounce this bigotry and hatred in no uncertain terms. Greely High School’s Civil Rights Team, in particular, works hard throughout the year to keep eyes, ears and mouths open regarding these concerns and stands ready to assist you, our neighbors, in any way we can. We wish to stand with you strongly, peacefully and with love in facing down hatred and intolerance. We wish to honor our common humanity and the values of acceptance and respect that the majority of students and residents in our communities embrace.

Heather Perkinson and Peter Scott, advisers
Greely High School Civil Rights Team