Clackamas High School principal Nate Muñoz condemned a hate crime in a video posted to school's Instagram page on May 24, expressing concern for how the incident might make students and families of color feel unsafe.
Anonymous vandals plastered the front of the school overnight with Trump stickers and beans, a derogatory reference to people of Latino origin. About 13% of CHS's student body is Hispanic/Latino, compared to nearly 20% overall in the North Clackamas School District.
"Families, students, staff — I'm sorry. This is not something you should ever have to deal with," Muñoz said. "I will tell anybody who feels that this is OK: 'You're not welcome at CHS.' That type of rhetoric is not welcome at Clackamas High School, ever."
Muñoz, who is Latino, said "politics aside," hate has no place at CHS and promised he would not be intimidated by the vandalism, pledging to stay in the principal's position to support students in all possible ways. He called on everyone at the school to continue to fight racism, including by coming forward with any information about the hate crime.
"As a man of color, as a father, as a husband, as someone who's educated, as someone who's first-generation, I will tell you that I'm right where I need to be," he said. "I'm supposed to be at Clackamas right now, and maybe I'm supposed to be here for stuff like that (hate crime)."
In a statement to KOIN 6 News, NCSD officials confirmed the "incident of vandalism" was discovered Monday morning.
"Upon arrival school staff found the front doors and entrance area had been defaced with refried and black beans. Trump stickers and Trump campaign door hangers were also posted," a district spokesperson said in a statement. "Because beans are an established derogatory symbol for the Latinx community, their use in this incident creates a racist impact, regardless of the intent behind the act. NCSD has zero tolerance for racism and condemns this hateful act."
North Clackamas Superintendent Matt Utterback also sent a letter to parents condemning the incident. CHS is investigating the hate crime and will file a report with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
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