Dear Oakland Mills CommUnity,
Today we were made aware of a student’s alleged post on social media containing inappropriate racial content. I want you to know that I am taking this matter seriously and will continue to challenge any messages or actions that are not consistent with the values of inclusion and diversity that we hold so highly at Oakland Mills.
In response, we are working with the Howard County Public School System to investigate and respond in accordance with the HCPSS Code of Conduct and Board Policy #8080 – Responsible Use of Technology and Social Media. In instances such as these, the HCPSS Office of Safety and Security works with the Howard County Police Department when social media attacks or acts of bullying could be considered criminal offenses or hate speech.
Both Oakland Mills High School and HCPSS take a strong position on all acts of discrimination, bullying and cyberbullying. I ask that you join us in taking this opportunity to discuss the appropriate use of social media with your child and the impact their words and actions could have on others. Additional information on how to report instances of bullying and relevant policies can be found at http://www.hcpss.org/no-bullying.
In addition, we have already begun to work with Dr. Kevin Gilbert and the HCPSS Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to facilitate ways for students, staff, and community members to process and repair the harm.
As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me, or the Oakland Mills High School administration, should you have any questions or concerns.
Dr. Jeffrey Fink, Principal
Oakland Mills High School