Walter Johnson Principal Jennifer Baker sent a message to students after white supremacist graffiti was found on school property over the weekend. In the message, Baker says she was “deeply troubled and disheartened to learn this morning that our school had been vandalized with graffiti that included references to white supremacy and other hate speech”
FOX5 is reporting that in addition to Walter Johnson High School, similar graffiti was left at several local businesses as well as the beltway overpass of the Trolley Train.
“Dear Walter Johnson HS Students,
I was deeply troubled and disheartened to learn this morning that our school had been vandalized with graffiti that included references to white supremacy and other hate speech. Defacing our school with graffiti is bad enough, but symbols of hate speech are harmful and unsettling for many in our community. We are very mindful of how such actions may evoke fear and anger and we have worked quickly to cover the images. I appreciate our community members who alerted me and thank our staff who took swift action to have the graffiti removed.
We are a wonderfuly diverse community and we must continue to take a stand against acts of hate, hateful and harmful rhetoric. These actions will not be tolerated and any students involved will receive disciplinary consequences in alignment with the student Code of Conduct in MCPS. It should be noted that recent Board of Education actions specifically include prohibition of hate symbols and language in policy ACA and are covered in the MCPS Student’s Guide to Rights and Responsibilities and Student Code of Conduct in MCPS.
As always, I appreciate your support as we strive to build a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment where all students can thrive. Do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.
FOX 5 AT 10: Bethesda residents saddened to find white supremacist graffiti all over. Walter Johnson HS, the popular Trolley Trail, some local businesses all woke up to graffiti like this. Tonight at 10 we’re talking to community members, and sharing what district told parents. pic.twitter.com/QPsKPGhea8
— David Kaplan (@DKaplanFox5DC) October 4, 2021