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Statement on the Events of 1.6.2021


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JANUARY 7, 2021

What transpired yesterday in our Capitol was a terrifying moment in history, something that is difficult to grasp and even harder to describe. It is not something one can easily push from their mind in the light of a new day. What happened demands careful and thoughtful consideration. It was, in the simplest but most accurate terms, a day that will live in history.

But as a school district, we should focus on the immediate, and far more basic, need to simply comfort each other. We are grateful for the fact that, while we are all deeply affected by national events, we are part of a community that provides solace and safety. The work we do each and every day in the Everett Public Schools is a powerful antidote to violence and hate. 

This is not to diminish the scenes that we witnessed yesterday, which were stark and frightening. If anyone needs a strong starting point for having the difficult but necessary conversations surrounding current events of this magnitude, please refer to these talking points provided by the National Association of School Psychologists.

I have the utmost faith in our educators to lead thoughtful, grade-appropriate conversations about this national tragedy in a way that eases fears and amplifies the best values of the EPS. As teachers, parents, colleagues, and human beings, we can all respond to divisiveness anywhere with unity here in Everett.

In closing, I will share a quote that came across my desk this morning, one by Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." 

In Partnership.

Priya Tahiliani