January 23, 2023
Writing to share concerns and thoughts about the shooting in Monterey Park last night. I won’t speculate on the specifics of the incident and I want to emphasize our support for those members of our community impacted by this and other violent events. The fact that this attack occurred during the Lunar New Year weekend impacts the festivities and connectivity between community members.
As we consider how to keep Waverly safe, it is essential that we work to support each other and resolve conflicts large and small. Listen to your friends, support them getting help, respect differences between others, understand that few people talk about the pain they feel, social isolation is a real impact of the pandemic and many people continue to struggle. If you or your student need help or feel isolated, there are resources at school and beyond. Contact school counselor, Lydia Boateng, your teacher, advisor or another trusted adult on campus.
Our greatest task and charge is the safety and development of all community members. As we know more about this event, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need support.
As a former employee of a Quaker school, I think of the term “Holding In The Light.” For me it meant, sending positive thoughts, honoring specific experiences, recognizing others may need help and nurturing growth and safety for others. I’ll ask that we hold the members of the Monterey Park community, our community and neighbors, In The Light, as we learn more about these tragic events.
Head of school