The Edina Police Department is investigating after slurs and other derogatory statements were found written on district-owned tennis courts over the weekend.
A spokesperson for Edina Public Schools said the district became aware of the writings after being contacted by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, which reported that anti-Asian, anti-Black and anti-LGBTQ+ statements had been uncovered. chalked on the tennis courts outside Kuhlman Field on Sunday.
Edina Public Schools Statement:
We are saddened and deeply disappointed to learn that this has happened in our community and on our property. Edina Public Schools does not tolerate behaviors and actions that target members of protected class groups. The messages expressed do not reflect our school district or the values we stand for.
In addition to reviewing and updating policies accordingly, as part of our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, Edina Public Schools continues to partner with the City of Edina, Edina Community Foundation, Edina Chamber of Commerce and YMCA UnitedHealth Group Equity Innovation Center. excellence to accommodate One Town, One Family. These are community meetings focused on developing an action plan to ensure that each of our students and staff experience an inclusive, safe and welcoming community. This incident demonstrates the need for this work and other efforts. We invite our community to join us at the upcoming One Town, One Family sessions this fall.
“The derogatory comments have been removed and we are investigating the incident,” the district concluded, adding that a police report has also been filed.