Sen. Hayden statement on incident at Washburn High School

Troubled by reports of the recent incident at Washburn High School that prompted serious concern among students and parents in his senate district, Senator Jeffrey Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, issued the following statement:
“I am very troubled by the recent overt act of racism at Washburn High School. I stand with the school board on their zero tolerance policy and applaud the swift response from the school as they attempt to create an environment where our students feel safe and free of racial attacks.”

“I have been working with Superintendent Johnson, Principal Markham-Cousins and Board Member Tracine Asberry on gathering details of the events and will do what I can to help. I have complete confidence in their ability to address this issue in a way that will support students, families members and staff. I hope our community takes note of this event and uses it as a learning tool to fight against further acts.”

“Only days away from celebrating the legacy of one of our greatest heros, we should take time to reflect on Martin Luther King Jr. and his following thoughts on community and communication. ‘People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.’”

Senator Jeff Hayden
Jeff Hayden represents District 62, which includes portions of south Minneapolis in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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