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Statement from Superintendent Gothard and Board Chair Foster Following Atlanta Shootings

We are appalled at the shootings that occurred this week in and near Atlanta. These senseless acts resulted in the deaths of eight people, most of whom were Asian women. While it is not known the motive for these shootings, it doesn’t really matter: these acts of hateful, targeted violence are unacceptable and must stop.

SPPS is a community rich with diversity. We celebrate that diversity and stand with all members of our family. Our district is home to more than 11,400 students of Asian descent, accounting for 31% of our student body. We are also home to hundreds of employees who identify as being of Asian or Pacific Islander descent.

We strongly condemn all xenophobic, racist, and anti-Asian attacks no matter the circumstances, and we reaffirm the Board of Education resolution passed last April in response to such attacks fueled by the COVID pandemic.

Saint Paul Public Schools remains committed to partnering with public and private institutions/organizations working to address xenophobia and racism in all forms.

Jeanelle Foster
Board of Education Chair

Joe Gothard
Superintendent

  • An event for all Minnesotans will be held on Wednesday, March 24, from 5-6:30 p.m. Unheard Stories: Asian Americans Experiencing Hate, will be a public community event to hear from leaders and community members about what has been occurring in Minnesota and nationwide, hear from victims of hate, and work together with us to take action against violence and hate. Speakers include U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, MDHR Commissioner Rebecca Lucero, CAAL Executive & Network Director Bo Thao-Urabe, and others.