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Message from Superintendent Ken Geisick regarding hate incident at Redwood Middle School

Updated November 16, 4:20 p.m.

On Tuesday morning, November 15, a staff member discovered a small doll with dark-complexion in a noose hanging from a tree in the Redwood Middle School campus quad area. We believe this incident occurred over the weekend but was not noticed by students nor staff until Tuesday due to its location. School and district staff are working with the Santa Clara County Office of the Sheriff to investigate.

The Sheriff's Office has informed us that similar incidents were also reported at Saratoga High School and Prospect High School.

This is a horrific incident. We are asking parents to talk with your children to see if they know anything about this. Anyone with additional information should contact Detective Sergeant Ramon Marquez at 408-808-4559, or by email at ramon.marquez@shf.sccgov.org. Alternatively, anyone can contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigative Services anonymous tip line at 408-808-4431. 

We are focused on reassuring students that staff and counselors are here to support both their physical and emotional safety, reiterating the horrific nature of the event as well as the intent of law enforcement to apprehend those who committed this act.

Redwood Middle School is encouraging students to wear orange this Friday to signify our support of "United Against Hate Week." 

We cannot state strongly enough that a noose is a reprehensible symbol of hate and violence and will not be tolerated in our district. As a community, we must stand united against such conduct and those who perpetrate it.

Our district honors and celebrates the rich student diversity within our schools. We do not tolerate, nor accept actions that dehumanize any sector of our school community.

The Sheriff's Office released an official statement this afternoon. It is posted on our district website www.saratogausd.org.

Ken Geisick, Ed. D.
Superintendent