August 25, 2016 | TFA Communications |
Dear TFA Family,
As you may have seen on social media outlets over these past few days, our school has experienced an incident that has caused pain to all involved. I am deeply grieved that this incident has taken place.
TFA is appalled by such inappropriate comments posted by some of our students. TFA does not condone or support this conduct, and will not tolerate this type of behavior. We have taken and are taking, deliberate steps to address this issue. As we reflect on this situation, we have realized there is much work to do in the area of racial reconciliation that we must take ownership of. Have we done enough? The answer is no. However, we will continue to learn from this experience and are committed to do the necessary and important work to grow as a school community in this area of racial reconciliation.
Let me state unequivocally, that any comments related to race or culture that are discriminatory in attitude or action, will not be tolerated. Despite our longstanding tradition of acceptance and inclusivity, we remain an imperfect school made up of imperfect people in need of God’s grace and forgiveness.
Our heart has always been to create a safe and accepting place for all of our students, one-third of whom is of a minority race. Even though this incident happened off-campus during June of 2016 while the students were under the care of their parents, it has nonetheless damaged our efforts. Despite this setback, we remain undeterred in our commitment to have a school that reflects the love, diversity, and inclusivity that we know our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ modeled.
We will continue to love children and extend God’s grace. We will all learn from this incident and continue to bolster our commitment to racial reconciliation.
Thank you for your prayers, kind words, and support.
Steve D. Whitaker, Ph.D.
Head of School/ President