MANCHESTER, NH — Below is a correspondence sent home with students on Jan. 18 from School Superintendent Bolgen Vargas, alerting parents to a “racially charged” incident involving a sign posted on a fence outside of Parkside Middle School referencing something called the White Genocide Project.
Although the sign was removed as soon as it was reported, Vargas said the sign appears to be part of a larger, more organized effort, pointing to a website called whitegenocideproject.com.
In the letter Vargas said “the true measure of our character is how we choose to respond to acts of racism,” and that the incident can provide an opportunity for students and parents to “demonstrate appreciation and understanding” for the diverse backgrounds represented here, while reinforcing shared values of respect and inclusion.”
Vargas said the matter is under investigation, and urged parents to report any information they may have on the matter to their child’s school principal.
On Thursday, Vargas said the district will continue to foster an atmosphere of acceptance for all.
“The intent of my letter to the Manchester School District community is to emphasize that our schools are proud of and celebrate the diversity of our students and staff. We will continue to discredit any messages that contradict the American values of inclusion and respect. It is our sincere hope that all members of our community support the school district in fostering those values, particularly in interactions with children,” Vargas said.