PARAMUS, N.J. — The Paramus Police Department with the School District and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating a bevy of “racially, sexually-charged” messages that were circulated by Paramus students in the last week on social media.
The messages — the content of which was not divulged — were allegedly posted on social media in the days following George Floyd’s death on Memorial Day. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was pinned down by the weight of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, a white man, who had knelt down on his neck for almost nine minutes as he gasped for air and screamed for his life before he died.
Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter, while the three arresting officers are charged with aiding and abetting murder.
"The disrespectful and humiliating nature of these social media postings is the antithesis of our school’s core values and beliefs,” said Robinson in a May 30 post on the district website. “Part of our school district’s mission is to produce citizens who respect cultural differences, make responsible decisions and communicate effectively.”
She continued, “The messages in these social media postings are clearly hurtful. As educators, we must use this incident as an opportunity to help our students grow and better understand their responsibility to respect the dignity and the rights of all individuals.”
During a peaceful protest organized by the Citizens of Equality, Peace and Justice in Hackensack this past Saturday, it was announced that another rally is planned for Tuesday, June 9 at Paramus High School at 4 p.m.