A Letter to our Team + Family

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you that Terence Crutcher, who was senselessly shot and killed by the police last weekend, was a parent of a striving 6th grade KIPPster at KIPP Tulsa.

We continue to be shocked and discouraged by the senseless injustices and killings of Black men, women, and children at the hands of those who are supposed to protect us. KIPP DC strongly believes that Black lives matter, and is committed to standing in solidarity with our students, families, and staff during these tragedies. While we honor the police who perform their jobs with respect and dignity, we cannot ignore the injustices we see in our society. As Martin Luther King, Jr. taught, an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

We hope that you will join us as we send our love to the KIPP Tulsa community and to Mr. Terence Crutcher’s loved ones.

Below is a sample of our regional banner of love that we are displaying at each KIPP DC campus. We’re asking that our students, families, and our neighbors to show love and support for our team and family in Tulsa. If you’re unable to sign the banner at your campus, please print this page, write or draw on the mini banner below, and send it to school with your KIPPster.

This space is to share your condolences, words of encouragement, and aspirations for equity and justice. We will collect these notes from all 16 KIPP DC schools and share them with our team and family in Tulsa.

In solidarity,

Susan Schaeffler
Founder and CEO of KIPP DC

Posted on September 19, 2016 in Community