Statement from Emerson Borough Council President Gerald Falotico Regarding the Discovery of Anti-Semitic and Racist Graffiti at Emerson High School
“Hatred, intolerance and their symbols have no place in Emerson – or any community for that matter. As the parent of Emerson High School students, I am appalled and deeply disappointed by the racist and anti-Semitic graffiti that was discovered yesterday at the school. Additionally, as a former juvenile officer, I know firsthand how these types of incidents can create fear and anxiety for students, parents and educators alike. While I know that the vast majority of our student body rejects this type of hateful vandalism, it is critically important that we come together as a community to stand up against hate and discrimination whenever it occurs and work to prevent future incidents. Unfortunately, events like these have become disturbingly common at schools in North Jersey and across our country and I hope that we can take this moment to open a dialogue with our students about ensuring our classrooms remain safe, respectful and nurturing learning environments for all our young people.
I am ready to offer the Emerson School District and the Emerson Police Department any help they may need to ensure that this incident is investigated in a thorough and precise manner. We must do all we can to oppose hatred and intolerance in the strongest possible terms and to keep our schools safe.”