Today, elected officials from Westport issued the following statement after antisemitic vandalism, including images, was found at Staples High School late last week:
On behalf of the Town of Westport, we denounce the despicable antisemitic vandalism that was discovered last night at Staples High School. Hatred, bias and terror have no place in Westport or any community.
We are grateful that the leadership of the Westport School District and Staples High School administration are handling this situation with sensitivity, and in full collaboration with our police force and the Anti-Defamation League. We will continue to work in partnership with the ADL to address the deeper problems that result in these incidents.
Westport is a community long known for tolerance and respect. We are committed to re-doubling our efforts to teach our children and ourselves the importance of fighting bigotry and intolerance, and we will not be deterred from our continued vision that all are welcome and valued in our community.
Jim Marpe, First Selectman
Jennifer Tooker, Selectwoman
Melissa Kane, Selectwoman
Senator Tony Hwang
Senator Will Haskell
Representative Gail Lavielle
Representative Jonathan Steinberg