Statement by Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal
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Statement by Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal


The following is a statement by Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal regarding the incident that took place at the Ottawa Hills High School vs Forest Hills Central varsity football game on Friday, September 9, 2016.
“Let me first start by thanking our students, parents, staff, and community members for expressing their deep concerns and disappointment about the actions of a few event goers. I also want to thank Forest Hills Public Schools Superintendent Dan Behm for his leadership, open letter to the community, and the apology he extended today. I cannot deny the hurt, disrespect, and outrage that I and so many others in this community felt about these actions that took place in our backyard, in our home at Houseman Field. This type of behavior should not and will not be tolerated in our stadium or schools – nor should it in any across our state and nation. I agree with Superintendent Behm that we as educators need to use this as a teachable moment and work together with the Kent ISD and MHSAA to ensure our student athletes, coaches, athletic directors, parents and our supporters are better informed, culturally sensitive, and more prepared to create an atmosphere where everyone – regardless of age, income, race, ethnicity, religion, native language, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation – are welcomed, respected, and can enjoy an athletic event together.”


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