Originally posted at 2:31 p.m. Updated at 3:30 p.m.
UPDATE: Principal Elyse Torbert says the altercation in the cafeteria did not involve a Trump hat, but two students having a disagreement. Source apologies for the error. Source reported the incident in the cafeteria originally as stemming from an argument over a Trump hat based on texts Facebook messages, and Twitter messages from students. Source did reach out to Torbert for clarification and immediately updated the report after talking to her.
FRAMINGHAM – Framingham High School Principal makes statement to students and parents, after the election of Donald Trump as President.
“I want to take a moment to address the climate in the building today following last night’s election. While I am not here to make a political statement, I understand the impact that last night’s election may have for many of you. As the leader of this building, I want to remind you that diversity is what Framingham High School thrives on. Diversity is our greatest strength. Please remember that people are diverse in many ways,” wrote Principal Elyse Torbert to parents.
Torbert also made the same statement over the school’s communication system this afternoon.
“In our building we have diversity in race, culture, ethnicity, language, political ideology, religious views, gender identity, and more. We acknowledge that disagreement is natural but we will not tolerate disrespect in any form. Regardless of your personal political views, in our building, we value differences and celebrate our diversity. If you feel that you need support processing the results of the election, school counselors, social workers and support staff are here for you,” said Torbert.
“Students will naturally have questions and reactions to these national events. As parents and educators, we have an obligation to help students process these events, make them feel safe, and to model open and honest civic discourse. While this election has highlighted certain divides within our nation, it is also an opportunity to return to our core values as a community and recommit to those values that unite us,” said Torbert.