Bags containing CDs, letters calling for peaceful protest found at Amity Regional High School

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Amity Regional School District 5 Superintendent Jennifer Byars sent a letter home to the community on Thursday following a situation at the school.

In the letter, Byars wrote that on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, several bags containing CDs and letters were found scattered around the campus.

Officials collected the bags and learned that the letter advocates for “peaceful demonstration and protest.”

Byars said, “While it appears that the delivery is a result of recent events, I want to be clear that the information contained in the letters was not anti-Semitic.”

The person who brought the bags to the campus has been identified and is allegedly known to Woodbridge police.

Police said they do not believe this person is a threat.

This comes days after concerned parents and students packed a school board meeting to voice concern about a number of reported anti-Semitic incidents inside the school and at the homes of Jewish families around town.

Related Content: Amity High parents and students outraged over anti-Semitic incidents

The letter can be read in its entirety below:

Dear Amity Community,

Regretfully, I have to begin my time in Amity Regional School District 5 with communication about a situation that occurred at Amity Regional High School yesterday and today. I understand that the past few days have been anxious ones and this communication is to meant to delineate the most recent events and to assure you that I committed to open communication.

Yesterday afternoon and this morning, several small Ziploc bags containing a CD and a letter were found scattered around the Amity Regional High School campus. School administrators, our facilities staff, and Woodbridge Police officers promptly collected the bags. The letter advocates for peaceful demonstration and protest. While it appears that the delivery is a result of recent events, I want to be clear that the information contained in the letters was not anti-Semitic.

The individual who brought these to our campus was identified quickly and is known to the Woodbridge Police Department. The Woodbridge Police are working with the individual.

I can understand how this, coupled with the current situation may cause concern. The police do not believe this person is a threat, nor do they or I believe our students were in any danger from that individual. I do believe that our students are and continue to be safe.  The awareness and concern of the entire community and the partnership with staff helped resolve this situation quickly.

On a more positive note, I did meet with Ms. Mahon today and I look forward to partnering with her and the larger community in working through recent issues, beginning the healing process, and making Amity a supportive environment for all students.

Sincerely,

Jennifer P. Byars, Superintendent

Amity Regional School District 5

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