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Discussing the Chauvin Verdict in School
Discussing the Chauvin Verdict in School

Dear LMSD Community,

This evening's conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd may trigger any number of emotions for our students and staff members. While future students may learn about this consequential verdict in their history books, our students –- many of whom have marched and worked to bring awareness to issues of racial justice in recent months -- are experiencing and reacting to the news now. It is likely that the verdict will be a topic of conversation in our schools.

LMSD Policy 119, encourages discussion of "ideas that may transcend traditional curricular topics and raise questions about current social, political, technical, philosophical, religious, and other problems..." It is especially important that our schools and classrooms to provide a safe space for our students to process the impact of newsworthy events. To simply progress through the curriculum, without acknowledging what is on the minds of our students, may result in an erosion of trust that we have worked hard to establish.

Below are links to some resources that parents/guardians may find helpful in discussing some related issues with students.

Racial Justice – Sesame Street Workshop

Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent's Guide to Preventing and Responding to Justice

We Need More White Parents to Talk to Their Kids About Race. Especially Now.

APA's Resilience Initiative

Understanding Race and Privilege

Resources for Discussing Police Violence, Race, and Racism with Students

NASP Calls for Action to End Racism and Violence Against People of Color

Discussing Hate and Violence with Children

Helping Students Make Sense of News Stories About Bias and Injustice

Talking to Children About Tragedies and Other News Events

If your student needs additional support in processing the news at this time, I urge you to encourage them to reach out to a school counselor or another trusted adult within our schools.


Robert Copeland

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