Statement from the Chandler Unified School District:
The CUSD Governing Board and Administration condemns the hate speech that occurred during Wednesday night’s citizens comments segment of the October 27, 2021 Governing Board meeting. An individual from the greater community made anti-Semitic remarks while addressing the governing board during the Citizens Comments portion of the meeting. The statement is inconsistent with the Vision, Mission and Core Values of the Chandler Unified School District.
We strongly denounce the anti-Semitic statement made. All Chandler Unified School District students, staff, and community members deserve to feel safe, respected and valued.
The district reaffirms its commitment to use its influence as a public educational institution to teach students the value of an inclusive community and give them the tools to engage in our increasingly diverse society. Chandler Unified School District denounces hate speech at all levels.
Franklin R. Narducci, Interim Superintendent Chandler Unified School District
Statement from The East Valley Jewish Community Center:
The East Valley JCC applauds the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) Governing Board and Administration and Interim Superintendent, Mr. Franklin Narducci, for leading by example and speaking out against the hatred of all people.
We are also deeply disturbed by comments made at last night’s CUSD's board session. During the public comment period, a resident of the East Valley espoused anti-Semitic tropes. These comments are dangerous and untrue.
While the East Valley JCC does not issue statements for individual comments from the public, in this case we must speak out. Comments like these are ignorant and hurtful and we are grateful for community partners such as the CUSD who take a strong stand against anti-Semitism.
Rabbi Michael Beyo | CEO East Valley JCC & Center for Holocaust Education