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Statement from Principal McParland

Metcalf and One91 families:

A video surfaced this week that shows me during and after an exchange with a student. During this exchange, some of which was not shared in the video, the student directed profanities and racial epithets toward me and other staff members. After the student had left, the camera captures me repeating what the student said as a rhetorical question and to express my surprise that the student said those things.

While I wasn’t addressing a student or other person directly, even repeating the words was inappropriate and hurtful and I apologize for my actions.

Words have power, and few words have a more hateful and destructive history. I sincerely apologize to the students, parents, staff and community members for the pain my words have caused.

I’ve dedicated my career to creating classrooms and schools where all students know they are welcome and valued. I’m committed to doing the same at Metcalf and will work to earn back the trust I may have lost.

To start that process, I’d like to invite parents in so I can hear your concerns directly and we can discuss how to move forward in a way that helps our students and the school. Details about that discussion will be shared soon. In addition, today we began conversations with students to talk about their needs and how we can work together to build a strong, welcoming community at Metcalf.

Thank you for taking the time to listen. If you have questions or wish to talk to me personally, please call me at 952-707-2401.

Shannon McParland

Posted: Monday, December 17, 2018 - 14:48