Message from Dr. Baker: Verdict reached in Chauvin trial
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Dear BCCS Community:
We have just witnessed history. Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all three charges for taking the life of George Floyd. I want to recognize the intense feelings we’re all experiencing after now hearing the jury’s verdict. Let’s pause, take a breath, and sit with the intensity of the moment.
As we have strived to do throughout all of the crises we’ve been through in the last year, we will continue to support our students and each other with whatever we need. Our focus over the next few days will be similar to what we’ve tried to create in our learning spaces following the killing of Daunte Wright on April 11. We will make space for students to process, ponder, pause and express themselves. We will follow their lead. We will stand front and center for them and with them.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 21 is a planned distance learning day while we are in our expanded campus hybrid model. We will communicate more tomorrow about what support will look like in the coming days; and we will return to hybrid learning on Thursday, April 22 unless otherwise communicated. Our number one priority is to ensure our students feel safe in their physical, emotional and mental spaces while they are with us. Our students are safe with us. We are safe with them. We are a family in Brooklyn Center.
I know there remains a heaviness in our hearts but please know, we are here to support and love the young people of Brooklyn Center.