The Arlington Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and the Arlington, MA Lgbtqia+ Rainbow Commission are sad to report that another hate incident has occurred in Arlington. This is part of an unfortunate trend of increasing incidents in the town over the past few years.
On May 2, two large pieces of anti-gay graffiti were found at Arlington High School (AHS) on an exterior wall and in the back parking lot, and a swastika was discovered on a nearby trash can. The Arlington Police Department (APD) was notified promptly and is working with Arlington Public Schools (APS) to investigate. The AHRC and Rainbow Commission reached out to the schools to offer our resources in responding to this incident.
We were heartened to hear from AHS Principal Janger that the student government, club leaders, and captains today joined to express their solidarity with their classmates. The school has had an increasing number of student- and faculty-led events, workshops, and activities exploring and promoting inclusion and equality. He tells us that the slow drip of a few people who are seeking attention through disruption is opposed by the trend toward an increasingly diverse and inclusive community at the high school. He invites us to swing by and take a look at the student art response visible on the front of the school.