A Message from Superintendent Dan Wessel
Lansing Schools were made aware of a hateful video posted on multiple social media accounts by a few students in our community. This video was posted by a former student. We have turned the video over to our local police department and would like to take this opportunity to further our discussion about these topics.
1. Hate speech will not be tolerated in USD 469.
2. We will investigate and take immediate action on hate speech or racial discrimination at school facilities and school functions.
3. When school is not in session, we encourage everyone to report instances of hate speech they see in our community to local police department. Although the district cannot discipline students when school is not in session, we want to hear from you and welcome you to contact us about your concerns.
4. If any student needs help processing these events, please reach out to the school or district office, so we can get you in contact with our counselors and social workers. https://www.usd469.net/vnews/display.v/SEC/DISTRICT%7CMental%20Health%20Services%3E%3EContact%20Information
Unfortunately social media is used to promote hate and fear instead of thoughtful and meaningful discussion. As a community we need to speak out against hateful speech and actions directed at others. We also must recognize how this can be traumatizing and triggering for many people, especially to those for which the speech is directed.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at the office (913-727-1100) or on my cell phone (913-683-0999). Our community has come together with many signs of unity in the past weeks. Let’s keep the momentum going!