SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - For the second day in a row, racist graffiti was found in the bathroom of South Orange Middle School (SOMS), according to an email from SOMS Principal Lynn Irby which was sent to the school community.

The incident was reported to the South Orange Police Department (SOPD) as a bias crime, and is under full investigation, stated Irby.

The full email from Principal Irby is below:

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Dear SOMS Community,

I am saddened to share that we found a similar racist message in another bathroom today.

We reported this to the SOPD as a bias incident, and the SOPD has already begun an investigation. 

We are continuing the work which I described yesterday to address these specific issues and to foster inclusivity and acceptance. We held a 6th grade town hall today to talk about the hateful graffiti words and the hurtful impact they have on us both as individuals and as a school community. Classroom discussions are ongoing. I am also continuing to reach out to community leaders so that we can partner together to address incidents and attitudes of bias, and to promote respect and value for the commonalities and differences between the various members of our SOMS and larger communities.

I was heartened to hear from many students today that conversations occurred at home last night and I thank you for that.

Together we can bring about change.

In collaboration,

Lynn A. Irby

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