Choosing love over hate
Next to the Bromfield School a group of students jumps in front of the rock that is traditionally painted by the senior class. The rock was painted white after threatening graffiti and hate speech were found on it Nov. 25. From left: Kira Houston, Phoebe Clark, Maggie Gill, Caroline Hentz, Colin Cleary, Eva Xue, Meredith Nordell, Clara Alexander, Charlotte Durham, Zach Shipman, Dylan Winchell, and Ben Brown. (Photo by Lisa Aciukewicz)
Harvard police are continuing to investigate the spray painting of graffiti on the rock in front of the Bromfield School, characterized by School Superintendent Linda Dwight as “threatening symbols and hate speech."
The Bromfield School has joined a growing number of schools nationwide that have experienced racial incidents and hateful graffiti in the past few weeks. In fact, K–12 schools are the single most likely place for such incidents to occur, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
With no suspects in hand following the defacing of the Bromfield rock three days earlier, Harvard Police Chief Edward Denmark had his suspicions and was willing to share them with the Press when he was interviewed.
Just before Thanksgiving, Liz Allard, Harvard’s land-use administrator and conservation agent, learned that the state had rejected the Harvard Conservation Commission’s application for a grant to buy Horse Meadows Knoll.
On Monday, Dec. 5, Amy McDougall will begin her work as Harvard’s new town clerk, succeeding Janet Vellante, who served in the position for 22 years.
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