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Top School District Administrators Speak Out Against Anti-Asian Violence

Schools Superintendent John Ravally, center, co-authored a letter to parents with Assistant Superintendent Daniel Loughran calling on township residents to reject hate.

The killing of six Asian women and two others in Atlanta on March 16 has spurred the top two school district administrators to speak up.

In a letter to parents posted on the district’s web site, school Superintendent John Ravally and Assistant Superintendent Daniel Loughran called on “all staff, students, administrators, and community members to stand against racism and hate against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.”

“The Franklin Township Public Schools is a district that strives to make sure everyone feels safe, secure and included,” the two said in the letter.

A 21-year-old man on March 16 went on a shooting rampage at three spas in the Atlanta area, killing six women of Asian descent.

The alleged killer said he did it because of a sex addiction, but that has been questioned due to teh nationalities of most of the victims.

In their letter, Ravally and Loughren note the uptick in violence against Asians in the past year, coinciding with the arrival of the COVID-19 virus in the United States.

“The Franklin Township Public Schools stands in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities as allies in rejecting hate, violence, and demanding justice for the victims,” the two wrote. “What is happening is wrong …”

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