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WDMCS Leadership: Seeking Healing Following Derek Chauvin Verdict (04/20/21)

April 20, 2021 | For nearly a year our country has been searching for answers. Since George Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, we as a nation, community, and school district witnessed outrage, anger, fear, and a demand for change. Black Lives Matter. We saw this in media coverage, at local marches, and in the hallways and classrooms of our schools. 

Today, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on counts of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. We know the verdict does not provide closure to what took place on May 25. It also does not heal the countless racial inequities that happen on any given day. 

We must continue to stand together as a WDMCS community, and have tough conversations as we seek to heal. We must continue to take an honest assessment of our own system so that our practices and policies better reflect a culture of equity and inclusivity.

Below are a few links to resources to support you during this time. 

Thank you for taking time to listen to your students and support healthy dialogue.

Lisa Remy, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Anthony Ferguson, Jr., Ed.D.
Executive Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity