Response to Recent Violence

DCSD Response to Recent Violence
Posted on 03/23/2021
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March 23, 2021

Dear Douglas County School District Families and Staff,

Our hearts are broken for the families and friends of the victims of yesterday’s shooting in Boulder, as well as the victims of last week’s violence in Georgia.

As adults it’s difficult to process this senseless violence, which makes it even harder to try to explain it to our children and grandchildren.

The idea that lives can be taken while going to work, the grocery store or other normal routine activities is unfathomable. It needs to stop! We must address issues of hate, racism, xenophobia and violence in our country.

Yesterday, 10 innocent individuals including a law enforcement officer were killed in Boulder. And while we may never know the motive behind the murders -- quite honestly, no reason is excusable.

Last week’s murder of eight people, six of whom were Asian American women, in Georgia, appeared to be racially motivated, shining the light, once again, on the immediate need to end the ongoing racism, xenophobia, trauma, hate and violence.

Over 17 million people who identify as Asian are living in America, making up 5.6% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Asian population makes up 3.1% of the total population of Colorado. And here in Douglas County, 5.4% of the population identifies as Asian. In fact, the City of Lone Tree has an Asian population of 10.5% -- the third largest percentage when compared to other cities in our state.

DCSD strives to provide equitable opportunities for each of our students and staff -- this is a key and non-negotiable focus of our Board End Goals and Strategic Plan. We are committed to ensuring that each of our Douglas County schools offers an inclusive culture to ensure that all students and staff feel welcome, safe and valued.

If a student or staff member experiences or witnesses bullying, discrimination, or harassment, please tell a school staff member or email complianceofficer@dcsdk12.org. Incidents and concerns can also be reported anonymously via Safe2Tell at 1-877-542-7233.

Below are some resources should you need guidance or assistance in talking with children regarding the violence over this past week. It is our hope that we can come together as one community to support our children who may be struggling with these terrible events.

Sincerely,

Corey Wise
Interim Superintendent
Douglas County School District


RESOURCES FOR TALKING TO CHILDREN
RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS, STAFF AND PARENTS
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Colorado Crisis Services: www.coloradocrisisservices.org, Trained Crisis Counselor Hotline: (844) 493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255.

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