WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills Regional Education Association provided a message to the Watchung Hills communities about the recent events around the country and their impact in our communities to TAPinto. On Wednesday, Warren Held a Peaceful BLM Sit-In
The message follows in its entirety.
We struggle as a community and as a nation to come to terms with the events and tragedies of recent weeks and months. The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and George Floyd shook us all as we witnessed how police violence and systemic racism continue to claim the lives of African Americans. The feelings of sadness, loss, and outrage create conflict with the recognition that tragedies such as these are not new nor uncommon in America. These events are the product of white supremacy’s long influence on American institutions and society.However, the outpouring of empathy throughout the nation and throughout our local communities affords a moment to recognize and realize that change is possible.
At Watchung Hills Regional High School, we often describe behavior and actions as reflecting the “Warrior Way”. The actions that our current students and alumni have taken in the last few days are the definition of the “Warrior Way.” More than just speaking out about these tragic events, they put their words into action. They demonstrated wisdom and courage as they challenged the attitudes of apathy and inaction. They shared their compassion by organizing a letter writing campaign of condolences to the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. They embraced a mindset of activism and engagement by not only attending peaceful protests in local cities, but also working in cooperation with the Warren Police Department to organize a peaceful protest in the town square of Warren. Their actions reflect the values and virtues that we share and explore with them in the classroom.
The members of the Watchung Hills Regional Education Association work every day dedicating their lives towards the education and upbringing of our communities’ young people. As an Association, we stand against systemic racism and violence. The educators in the WHREA will continue to help shape curriculum and meaningful lessons that encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion inside and outside of the classroom. We stand with the families and friends of the victims and offer our deepest condolences. We stand in solidarity with those who peaceably call for meaningful change in society to realize equality and justice. We stand with all Americans of color, but especially with our Black colleagues and students to help our school community reflect our values of inclusion and engagement of diversity. We will continue to actively engage and collaborate with the Board of Education, the Administration, and the parents of our communities to educate our youth in building a better society.
The Watchung Hills Regional Education Association