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Families Effect “Everybody Belongs Here” Action At Alameda Schools

Maya Lin families in front of the school on Monday morning, November 14th, 2016. (Action Alameda News)

Maya Lin families in front of the school on Monday morning, November 14th, 2016. (Action Alameda News)

Alameda families took action at local schools this morning with an inclusionary message, following reports of hate graffiti discovered on the grounds of Edison school on Saturday.

Susan Davis, senior manager for community affairs at the Alameda Unified School District told Action Alameda News that the school district received a call about the graffiti on Saturday morning, and that it was removed using “graffiti wipes” and is being painted over.

Asked about the specific message in the graffiti, Davis said the Alameda police department is investigating, and that she wouldn’t provide the content of the graffiti at the request of the police to withhold details. She referred further inquiries to the Alameda police department.

Lt. Hosh Durani of the Alameda police department told Action Alameda News, “I am hoping that we will eventually be able to identify who did this and possibly prosecute them. With that in mind, I am not yet willing to release the specific racist tags that were left at Edison School. It’s simply not worth jeopardizing any potential case we may develop.

“I am willing to share that the tags generally included the ‘F-word’ along with derogatory terms directed at persons of African American, Chinese, and Japanese descent. The graffiti appears to have been completed sometime between when school ended on Friday and Saturday morning at 8 a.m.”

Terri Kennedy in front of Encinal Jr. and Sr. High School, Monday, November 14, 2016. (Action Alameda News)

Terri Kennedy in front of Encinal Jr. and Sr. High School, Monday, November 14, 2016. (Action Alameda News)


On Monday morning, before 8 a.m., Terri Kennedy stood on the sidewalk in front of Encinal Jr. and Sr. High school holding a sign reading “Everyone belongs here!” (Terri is the spouse of city treasurer Kevin Kennedy.)

She told Action Alameda News, “I’m out here because of the different reactions to the election and there have been a couple of incidents at different schools here in town since the election with kids being made to feel not safe…graffiti…kids saying things to other kids.”

She said that she had heard from a teacher at Lincoln middle school that some boys yelled at a girl something to the effect of “Let’s go Trump her.”

Peter Allison, whose daughter Lucy, attends Maya Lin, said he was participating “to show support for people in the community that might be feeling a little bit nervous from the election and some of the results there. And that schools are a safe place for everybody and that our whole community is a place where everybody is welcome and is a viable part of the community.”

He had heard of the Edison school incident and said of it, “that’s pretty disturbing that that would happen here.”

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