Racist Flyers Mailed to Lew-Port Residents

Superintendent says the're eerily similar to flyers sent during school board election campaign

Tom Puckett
April 11, 2019 - 5:50 pm
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Lewiston, NY (WBEN) Lewiston-Porter Schools Superintendent Paul Caseri says flyers containing racist and vile comments were mailed to residents of the district on Thursday.

"The flyer was brought to the attention of administration and the immediate response was one of disgust and condemnation. As a school district that stresses the importance of acceptance and tolerance and celebrates and embraces diversity, this material sickens us," says Casseri. He says police informed him of those flyers. 

"This is eerily similar to what happened a couple of years ago when disgusting flyers were directed at some of our board candidates at the time," notes Casseri. 

He says the mailers don't appear to be threatening in nature, but nevertheless, "We'll have a few extra patrol cars Friday," says Casseri. 

Here is the full statement from Lew-Port Schools:

Recently our school district community has been the target of a vile, defamatory and racist flyer that targets our school and the students and families we serve.

The flyer was brought to the attention of administration and the immediate response was one of disgust and condemnation. As a school district that stresses the importance of acceptance and tolerance and celebrates and embraces diversity, this material sickens us.

We have been in contact with our school attorney, the District Attorney and law enforcement and should we discover the author of this filth, we will seek damages to the fullest extent of the law. Lewiston-Porter School District will not tolerate racism of any shape or form.

While we wish that in this day and age that we would not have to address such a vile issue, it is clear that this ugliness is still prevalent not only in our community, but across our country. We are appreciative of the people who have reached out to us to share their thoughts and concerns. We want to assure you that this hatred will not be tolerated at our district. We will continue to foster a climate of respect, acceptance and inclusion for all and we will not stand for this. Be assured that as a district and a community that we will accept this challenge and hopefully come out stronger in the end.

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