UPDATED: Hoodie Friday at Swampscott High
The Race and Membership Class at Swampscott High is organizing a wear your hoodie action in memory of Trayvon Martin.
Updated at 7:53
Information for an earlier version of this article was sent out inadvertently by Swampscott High Principal Layne Millington. It was a draft of the proposal students had written to him, a draft of what they wanted him to consider, he said. When he was sending out reporters' emails to the Social Studies Department head, he mistakenly sent the draft to reporters.
In a subsequent email the principal said the following: "Friday represents an opportunity for students to exercise their right to free speech in a safe, organized and structured environment; an opportunity to share complex ideas and feelings which will serve to build a stronger sense of community. We have wonderful students here and I have complete faith that they will conduct themselves in a respectful fashion."
The press release that the principal had intended to send out, and the one that he had sent out previously to Swampscott community members is here:
"The members of the Race and Membership class have worked together to organize a Wear Your Hoodie day this Friday. I am supporting this event because it's an opportunity for students on both sides of the controversy to engage in deep and thoughtful discussions about a complex and pertinent event currently unfolding in our country. Whichever side of the controversy a student is on, it is hoped that this event will help develop a number of the skills relevant to our core values as an institution:
- Develop awareness of local, national, and international issues
- Participate in relevant and rigorous academics
- Solve problems using analytical and critical thinking
- Enable all students to discover their passion
- Demonstrate physical, emotional, intellectual, and social excellence
- Act responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind
"I ask and expect that all commentary and interaction on this day be thoughtful, relevant and respectful. The dress policy relative to the wearing of hoodies will be suspended for the day on Friday to allow for this event."
This is the information as it appeared in the original article. Information for this article was submitted by Swampscott High School Principal Layne Millington on behalf of the Race and Membership class and originally appeared as if it was sent out on behalf of the students:
The Race and Membership class at Swampscott High is organizing a Wear Your Hoodie Day on Friday, March 30, in memory of Trayvon Martin.
Trayvon was "a 17-year-old Florida teen who was unjustly gunned down on February 26, 2012, while wearing a hoodie, returning home from purchasing a bag of skittles and an Arizona iced tea," the event announcement states.
Race and Membership class members are asking fellow students to wear their hoodies in honor of Trayvon to send a message not to stereotype people, the announcement states.
Students will be allowed to wear their hoodies throughout the school day.