By Tiffany Chan

READING (CBS) — A candlelight vigil was held at Reading Memorial High School Saturday night in response to a series of hateful messages that have been found at the school and around town. Hundreds of students, parents, and faculty gathered together to spread a message of kindness, inclusion, and unity.

readingvigil Reading Doesnt Stand For This: Vigil Denotes Recent Racist Vandalism At High School

A candlelight vigil was held at Reading Memorial High School Saturday night (WBZ-TV | Tiffany Chan)

Parent John Sullivan said, “We want to make sure – all the kids in this town – that they feel safe and that they know that they’re valued and loved in this town.”

Most recently, on Wednesday, a student discovered a racist message on the bathroom wall.

Superintendent John Doherty told WBZ-TV on Friday that hateful vandalism has been a growing problem. “The first two were in early to mid-October, were swastikas which certainly impacted our Jewish community. We did have one last week that was written in a bathroom that impacted our LGBTQ community. And these are threatening remarks. And then the last two, which happened in the last couple of days, have impacted students of color,” he explained.

Sullivan added, “I think it just kind of shows that the town of Reading doesn’t stand for this kind of thing and that the community will come together to denounce these kinds of acts.”

On Wednesday, faculty and students will come together for a town hall-style meeting to openly discuss how to break barriers and bring the student body together.

Comments
  1. Cathy Val says:

    If it wasn’t for Trump we wouldn’t have the Racism we are having-I bet he’s loving all of this, it’s one of his favorites plus many others. WHAT A POOR SOUL HE IS-WHY IS MELANIA’S PARENTS NOT CALLED WHAT HE CALLS OTHERS-THERE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY-TOO MANY PARDONS HE HAS GIVEN TO PEOPLE WHO DON’T DESERVE THEM. HIS IN-LAWS WERE GIVEN CITIZENSHIP BY HIM BEING THE POTUS-SORRY AMERICANS, I KNOW A LOT OF YOU HAVE BEEN HERE FOR SOME TIME AND HAVEN’T BEEN ONE OF THE RICH FORTUNATE-BOY ARE WE DISGUSTED WITH THIS “I’M THE LEADER AND YOU OBEY ME”.

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