To our Clovis High School Students and Families,
I am Stephanie Hanks, Clovis High School Principal. Over the last few weeks there have been some disturbing social media posts with demeaning language and tones regarding race and the GLBTQ community. I wanted you to hear this message directly from me. I am extremely concerned and disappointed in what has occurred in the greater community and world.
Three years ago, I stood in front of the entire Clovis High School student body and staff and stated that racist remarks were not tolerated, whether they are said in person, over social media, or in any other form. I must reassert that this behavior continues to be unacceptable and has no place at Clovis High School. This type of behavior adversely affects the safety and social-emotional well-being of our students and staff. Clovis High School is a place where we expect our students to respect one another and embrace differences. Last night Dr. O’Farrell referenced social media and its consequences. I want to reiterate that racist behavior and comments are not okay in any form and that our goal is to make Clovis High School a welcoming environment for ALL students.
We will continue to respond appropriately to reports of racist and bigoted comments and behaviors and I want our community to know that the acts of a few will not and should not define who we are as a site and a community. We are committed to building a community of connectedness and invite open conversations to be part of the solution as we improve the culture of acceptance on our campus and in our community.