“I’m extremely proud of the students, staff, and parents and community members for engaging this important work together throughout the school year,” said Dr. Steven Siciliano, Principal of John Jay High School. “We’re proud to say John Jay is ‘No Place for Hate’ as it speaks to the character, values, hopes, and commitment of our students and community. We will work to keep it so.”
John Jay’s No Place for Hate committee has been holding monthly open forums. Its steering group, made up of two student leaders—Taylor Bell, a junior, and Lauren Munoz, a freshman, and English teacher Vicki Weiss, social studies teacher Marc McAlley, and Assistant Principal Kim Piccolino, weaves student ideas into a tapestry of programs.
“Building empathy is a form of courage and it’s time for us to be courageous,” said Weiss. “We can say we do not tolerate hatred, we can even say we engage students in discussion about it, but what we need to do is actively show that we do not tolerate it. It is imperative that we plan activities and speakers who espouse that belief, but who are also engaging and provocative.”