Hello, my friend.
I hope this letter finds its way to you. It is with a heavy heart that I read of what you went through over the past week. I can’t begin to imagine how you must feel.
Students are taught that school is a safe place; that students work together and that learning about each other is encouraged and celebrated.
I can understand if that is not how you feel right now. You have been singled out simply for doing what teachers/adults tell children all the time: be yourself. Maybe you feel sad or alone or scared. For that I’m truly sorry.
But here’s the thing and I want you to read this carefully: You, my friend, MATTER. You are wonderful JUST AS YOU ARE. You BELONG EVERYWHERE.
Your classmates really do want to work with you and learn about you. Your teachers and all the helpers at your school—from the nurse to the custodian to the lunch staff—have your back.
There are tens of thousands of people in Framingham that have your back. I don’t even know them all but here’s the thing: I have faith in them, as I do in you. Faith that good will outweigh the bad. Faith that people will stick up for you, as they are doing right now. Faith that your classmates will come to your defense. Faith that your teachers and the staff at Hemenway will keep you safe. Faith that you will someday see that the negative actions of a few pale in comparison to the good acts displayed by many.
Framingham is a great city because we are so diverse. It is a great city because of people like you.
I hope you will not lose faith in us and trust all the good people around you.
I also hope that someday you share your story with others as a way to educate those that will listen.
Stay strong friend. As-Salam-u-Alaikum.