Seeking a Path Forward: Brimmer's Response to the Attack on the U.S. Capitol

Judith Guild, Head of School
Without question, this week became more difficult as we watched and tried to make sense of the violence and rioting that took place at the Capitol. As we watched the disturbing and frightening attack on the halls of Congress and our democratic system of government, we are reminded of the deep division in our country and the inequity fueled by white supremacy. The Head of each division of the School led their students and faculty in age-appropriate ways as they responded to the unfolding events. You can read their responses on the Brimmer Blog 
 
I spoke to the Middle and Upper School students on Thursday morning. I encouraged them to use their teachers’ and leaders’ collective understanding and expertise as they examine and explore the impact of these events. Their teachers are ready to answer their questions and frame the conversations that lie ahead. I encouraged the students to be curious, explore the emotions evoked, and probe for answers. 
 
When I spoke with the Upper School, I voiced how Wednesday’s violent acts have no place in our society. The Constitution of the United States gives no one the right to incite violence and riot in their effort to attack our democracy. I applauded the good and brave people who came forward to protect, defend, and continue their work. Those violent and inciting actions tested the strength of our democracy, and democracy prevailed.  
 
I concluded by lifting up Brimmer’s Core Values. A time like this calls for us to be respectful and kind and always promote equity; hate and violence are in conflict with those values. If our students’ actions reflect our Core Values as they explore these issues, I am confident we will be able to seek a positive path forward.  
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