NUTLEY, NJ - A video featuring Nutley High School Students using racist language circulated on social media on New Year's Day. The Nutley Public Schools district and Nutley High School administration launched an investigation as soon as they became aware of the incident.

Superintendent of Nutley Public Schools, Dr. Julie Glazer issued a statement to parents and stakeholders in the community today regarding the incident. Given the age of the individuals in the video, the district is limited with regard to the information that can be shared publicly.

Glazer specifically stated: "While we cannot comment on the specifics of our investigation, please be assured that the Nutley Public School District condemns all acts of bigotry, racism and hate. We believe in using this incident as another opportunity to highlight cultural responsiveness and sensitivity within our district, curriculum and community. As educators, it is our responsibility to engage in conversations that promote understanding and critical thinking, and maintain our schools as a safe haven for all students and staff from threats and discrimination."

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January 2, 2020

Dear Nutley Parents, Students, Staff and Community,

On New Year’s Day, the district and high school administration received information regarding a video circulating on social media with students using unacceptable and racist language.

While we cannot comment on the specifics of our investigation, please be assured that the Nutley Public School District condemns all acts of bigotry, racism and hate. We believe in using this incident as another opportunity to highlight cultural responsiveness and sensitivity within our district, curriculum and community. As educators, it is our responsibility to engage in conversations that promote understanding and critical thinking, and maintain our schools as a safe haven for all students and staff from threats and discrimination.

It is unfortunate that my first communication to you of the new year must be about something as disturbing as hate speech, but we felt the need to inform the community of the occurrence and that it will not be tolerated. We, as a town and school district, are better than this. We must rise above hatred and not accept it on any level.

Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Glazer 

Local parents, who wished to remain unidentified, told TAPinto Nutley that the video featured students, believed to be in the freshman class, consuming alcohol at a house party on New Year's Eve. TAPinto Nutley has not seen the video, nor have we been able to confirm the statement about underage drinking. 

The Nutley incident comes on the heels of Monday's public forum in Montclair in which an education leader publicly criticized the Jewish community. James Harris found himself earning a sharp rebuke by Rabbi David Greenstein of Shomrei Emunah. Read more: NJ Black Educators Association President Criticizes Hasidic Jews at Community Forum in Montclair Drawing Sharp Rebuke

The next open public meeting of the Nutley Board of Education is Tues. Jan 7, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. This subject will most likely be addressed at that meeting All security measures will be in place for that meeting. 

Members of the Nutley BOE were targets in two incidents involving police in 2019. 

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