School Board statement on recent acts of vandalism

Henrico, Va. May 13, 2019 – Today, Henrico County School Board chair and Varina District representative John W. Montgomery Jr., issued the following statement on behalf of the Henrico County School Board:

“I join my colleagues on the Board in expressing our disappointment and disgust for the acts of vandalism discovered Sunday at Godwin High School as well as those discovered last Friday in neighborhoods near Freeman High School. Hate, intolerance and threats to the physical and emotional well-being of our school communities are unacceptable and contrary to our core values as a school system and society.

\”At the same time, this Board and our dedicated faculty and staff stand encouraged by the tremendous show of community support in response to these acts. We appreciate the families and organizations that have offered their hand in partnership, including the Henrico branch of the NAACP, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, and many other families and community-minded citizens. On behalf of the entire School Board, I say ‘thank you.\’

\”We must also thank Henrico Police for their tireless efforts to investigate this matter and to increase their visibility in the neighborhoods near several schools this week. Our schools are safe because of the tremendous work done every day by the men and women of Henrico Police.”

Members of the Henrico County School Board are:

John W. Montgomery Jr., chair, Varina District
Roscoe D. Cooper III, vice chair, Fairfield District
Beverly L. Cocke, Brookland District
Michelle F. “Micky” Ogburn, Three Chopt District
William A. “Bill” Pike Jr., Tuckahoe District