BOE Adopts Resolution Upholding Core Values
At their September 11 meeting the Tyrrell County Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the attached Resolution and clearly state their stance against hate groups and hate speech of any kind in our schools and in our communities. The Board also re-affirmed the core values we uphold as public educators, and outlined their charge to all TCS employees: “We all must strive, harder than before, to give each of our students the opportunity for an excellent education, and to protect them from discrimination and bigotry.” The Board is allocating funding to each school for speakers and training to help increase conversations in our classrooms on topics such as civic mindedness, anti-bullying and respect for others.
Resolution by Tyrrell County Schools, upholding the core values of public education, and strengthening the protection of our students’ emotional health in the face of rising public activity by groups and individuals that seek to divide our communities.
WHEREAS, we have seen a rise in public activity by all hate groups including the KKK, Neo-Nazi, Black Separatist, White Nationalist, Racist Skinhead, Anti-Immigrant, Neo Confederate, Anti-Muslim and Anti-LGBT. Together these hate groups comprise 31 separate organizations in North Carolina.
WHEREAS, these hate groups, and all individuals who engage in hate speech, openly demean racial minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, religions, immigrants, and others, and their messages have been broadcast through the internet and through media reports.
WHEREAS, we must protect our students from bigotry, disruption of school, or any other potential harm from such statements at school and in our community.
WHEREAS, the Tyrrell County Board of Education, and its staff, are fully dedicated to the education and support of ALL students, and uphold the core values set forth in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which provides for equal educational opportunities for all and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Tyrrell County Board of Education that:
We all must strive, harder than before, to give each of our students the opportunity for an excellent education, and to protect them from discrimination and bigotry.
As the Board’s anti-discrimination policy states, we will not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination, harassment, or bullying at school, athletics, school programs, or school events.
We must show students by our conduct that we are committed to equality.
We also must encourage and support all students to achieve their best.
We want our students to leave this school district with strong vocational and academic skills, and with the ability to overcome discrimination or other barriers to their success.