Natick High School Principal Josepha Blocker on Friday informed the Natick High School Community that a swastika was discovered by several students on a hallway wall, and was removed after being documented.
The administration used camera footage to identify the students responsible, and Blocker said the school would be working with the students Monday to have them take accountability for “this hateful imagery.” The students were urged to fess up over the weekend before the school went looking for them on Monday.
The Natick Police Department’s school resource officer assigned to Natick High was informed about the incident and has been working with the administration.
“I am committed to our working together to create a school environment where all students feel safe, valued and included,” Blocker wrote to the community heading into the weekend. “I also know from this morning’s amazing Banner Recogntion (more info on this in the newsletter!) that the actions of a few do not define the culture and values of the many…” (Here’s a link to the newsletter.)
While the memo was not directly shared by the school system with the wider Natick community, the memo of course made its way onto social media for all to see and weigh in on. Some expressed frustration that they were not notified, some called for expulsion of those involved.
Due to legal protections governing student privacy, the school system won’t be publicly saying what the consequences will be for students.
According to guidance from the State’s Office of the Attorney General, Natick’s communication approach in this case is in line with protocol.
Rabbi Levi Fogelman of Chabad Center of Natick wrote to us after we reached out that he is “gratified to hear that NHS is being proactive. I understand the Natick Police Department is fully involved. Natick is a great place to live, and the wider Community will certainly rally around to show support and clarity our younger generation so desperately needs to see.”
The Chabad Center already had scheduled a meeting this Tuesday titled “Outsmarting Anti Semitism: How to Beat it with Purpose, Positivity and Jewish Pride.”
“The class will have content about how building inner strength and pride can then lead to educating others in a healthy positive way. It’s being personally proactive for and within oneself that gives us the ability not to be intimidated when contrary events appear from the outside. It then becomes easier to address issues with confidence and positivity,” he said.