Still no sus­pects in Ty­nan racist van­dal­ism

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By TAY­LOR PETTAWAY — tay­lor.pettaway@boston­her­ald.com

No sus­pects have been an­nounced in the racially charged van­dal­ism at South Bos­ton’s Ty­nan School, though it has been more than a week since the in­ci­dent. The school dis­trict sent a let­ter to fam­i­lies and staff at the school ask­ing to con­tinue to sup­port the stu­dents as they process the in­ci­dent. “The last week has been dif­fi­cult for the Joseph P. Ty­nan El­e­men­tary School and the en­tire Bos­ton Pub­lic Schools com­mu­nity,” In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Laura Per­ille said in the let­ter. “We re­mind ev­ery­one that the City of Bos­ton and the Bos­ton Pub­lic Schools will not tol­er­ate ha­tred, dis­crim­i­na­tion, or bias of any kind.” Last Wed­nes­day, a cus­to­dian found racial slurs spray-painted onto the side of the school. “Sit­u­a­tions like this bring great out­rage, but they aren’t new,” NAACP Bos­ton Pres­i­dent Tan­isha Sul­li­van said in an in­ter­view with the Her­ald last week. “Peo­ple may think, ‘It’s 2018, how is this hap­pen­ing,’ but it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber with a his­toric lens that this type of racism has hap­pened be­fore with our school com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially in South Bos­ton.” The com­mu­nity came to­gether to sup­port the stu­dents, do­ing what they could to re­as­sure them that the school is a safe place, Per­ille said. “Since no­ti­fy­ing the com­mu­nity about the in­ci­dent, the Ty­nan school com­mu­nity has re­ceived an out­pour­ing of sup­port from fel­low stu­dents, fam­i­lies, and count­less com­mu­nity mem­bers,” Per­ille said. “Prin­ci­pal Leslie Gant and I greatly ap­pre­ci­ate the en­cour­age­ment and con­so­la­tion that the school has re­ceived over the past week. “I ask that staff and com­mu­nity mem­bers con­tinue to sup­port the Ty­nan while re­spect­ing the fact that our col­lec­tive fo­cus must be on the well-be­ing and the preser­va­tion of their ed­u­ca­tional en­vi­ron­ment,” Per­ille said. “These in­ci­dents are in no way re­flec­tive of the safe, se­cure, and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment the Ty­nan com­mu­nity and the Bos­ton Pub­lic Schools are com­mit­ted to fos­ter­ing, nor the val­ues we em­body,” Per­ille said. The Bos­ton Po­lice Depart­ment de­clined to make a com­ment, stat­ing the case is an ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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