Dear F-M Schools Community,
On Friday, Nov. 10, anti-semitic hate speech was discovered written on a cardboard privacy divider used for testing in a world languages classroom at Eagle Hill Middle School. District officials are working closely with members of the Manlius Police Department in their investigation, as this is the second incident of hate speech at Eagle Hill in the past three weeks. It is unknown whether the two occurrences are attributable to the same individual as the first incident referenced a racial epithet.
As a reminder, the Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District does not tolerate hate speech. We are committed to providing a welcoming and affirming environment where all members feel included, respected, valued and connected. We recognize that diversity is an asset in our school community.
Students, staff and families must collaborate to create a safe school environment that fosters meaningful relationships and honors and affirms the diverse identities and experiences of our students. The Board of Education even adopted a revised Mission Statement in July 2022 which was congruent with our District’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement that was approved earlier in September 2021.
The district has taken strides to promote diversity, equity and inclusion and DEI work remains a priority. We also recognize that there is more work to be done. In support of this mission, the district is establishing the F-M Committee on DEI in Education. Even though they are in the midst of an active investigation to determine the individuals responsible, building administrators will be addressing the students directly as well as through restorative justice practices.
Because there is an emotional impact related to hate speech, additional counseling staff will be available next week to support the needs of our Eagle Hill students and staff. Information related to the district’s counseling resources and support for students’ emotional health can be found here.
Craig J. Tice, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools