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District 428 superintendent sends note to families with resources on how to cope with racism

DeKalb High School May 30, 2018
DeKalb High School May 30, 2018

DeKALB - DeKalb superintendent Jamie Craven sent parents of District 428 students an email late Monday night with resources aimed to help families cope with current civil unrest.

"We want to take time and acknowledge the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmad Arbery, Breonna Taylor and far too many others which have sparked national conversation, protests and sometimes civil unrest," Craven said in the email. "We realize the immense impact of these events particularly on our African American students and will continue to seek resources, support and community connection with other organizations to create a safe and compassionate learning environment. We can assure you that we are here to support all of our students and families in this difficult season. "

Although the school year ended last week for DeKalb, Craven said the district wanted to continue to support the needs of student and their families and sent a list of resources, and included a link to the district's mental health crisis response website.

Links included an activity book for African American families on helping children cope with crisis, supporting vulnerable students in stressful times, talking about race, racism and racialized violence with children, and talking to children about tolerance and racism.

Derek Chauvin, a white ex-Minneapolis police officer was arrested and charged with murder Friday, five days after video showed him kneeling on Floyd's neck for eight minutes while Floyd, a black man, could be heard pleading multiple times that he could not breathe.

On March 13, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman who worked as an emergency medical technician, was shot eight times to death inside her apartment after Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove, police officers in the Louisville Metro Police Department in Louisville, Kentucky entered serving a "no-knock" warrant, and did not announce themselves as law enforcement officers before opening fire in the home.

On Feb. 23, Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was shot and killed while jogging in a neighborhood near Brunswick in Georgia after being pursued and confronted by two white men, Travis and Gregory McMichael, who were armed with guns. A third white man, William Bryan, was following Arbery in a second car and recorded the fatal shooting on video, a video which did not go public until May 5. After the video went viral, the McMichaels were arrested and charged with murder.

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