Perrysburg schools investigating hate speech written in bathroom

Perrysburg schools investigating hate speech written in bathroom
Perrysburg High School

TOLEDO (WTOL) - Perrysburg Superintendent Thomas Hosler released a letter to families and employees on the school’s website regarding hate speech written in a high school bathroom.

Superintendent Hosler said last week the school opened an investigation into vandalism of a high school restroom that “contained, among other things, hate speech.”

“Our aim is for the schools to be a safe place. In a time where there are so many questions and fears, our staff provides that safe harbor. We will be communicating with our students offering supports for anyone who wants to talk about this or other events,” Hosler said in the letter.

He goes on to say that there “is never a place” for racism and hate speech in Perrysburg schools or the community.

The school is currently viewing surveillance video trying to nail down who is responsible, but don’t have any specific leads yet.

“We have 1,600 students in the high school,” said Tom Hosler, superintendent at Perryburg Schools. “Trying to pinpoint the time window, who had access has been a little bit of a challenge.”

Hosler said Perrysburg schools are dedicated to working with not just students, but the community in trying to make sure something like this never happens again.

He said their first step was not to hide what happened at the high school but share it with the community.

“We wanted to be a community that stood up and said this happens,” said Hosler. “It’s not right. We have a culture here that supports including and accepting all students and we have to work hard to maintain that.”

This Friday, Perrysburg Schools will be hosting a ‘Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners Conference.’

This past weekend Perrysburg was hit with another case of racism with hate speech and graffiti written on a home for sale in the area.

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In his letter, Superintendent Hosler also reference other racist acts that have been committed around the area, such as:

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Below is an excerpt from his letter that he entitled “Standing Together”:

Dear Families and Employees,
Thomas Hosler, Superintendent of Perrysburg Schools

Read the full letter here.

Hosler said the up-coming event is geared towards helping students understand diversity on a larger scale than just race.

There’ll be people speaking from the LGBTQ community, students with disabilities, all working to get kids on the same page when it comes to being different from one another.

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