Let's work together to be better
Dear La Salle students, families, staff, alumni and community members,
It has been heartbreaking over the past several days to once again witness the challenges our country still faces when it comes to racism and violence. As the principal of La Salle, a school that embraces diversity and finds strength in it, it has been disturbing to watch so many recent events unfold. As the father of an African-American son, it has been particularly difficult to observe so much distress.
At La Salle High School, we do not tolerate any acts of hate or exclusion. We believe that each person has been created in the image of God. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Every form of social or cultural discrimination in fundamental personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, color, social conditions, language or religion, must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God’s design.”
We strive every day to provide a safe environment in which each student can grow in mind, body and spirit. While stating this, I know we can still get better. Just like the United States, we have to do better. As my daughter posted the other day, “no matter what you look like, you deserve respect and love...we need to be better.”
I am grateful for the relationships we have with our families throughout the La Salle community. Our students experience a brotherhood that is rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ. We know we have a responsibility to hold each other accountable while fostering an environment of dignity, support and compassion.
I encourage each of you to talk with one another and discuss how we can be better when it comes to issues of racism and injustice. How can you and I continue to work together to build the kingdom of God in our school and beyond? How can we be the change we want to see throughout our entire La Salle family?
Please know that I stand with all of our students and families, especially those who are African-American, during this time. I am committed to walking with each one of you so we can be better.
Live Jesus in our hearts…
Aaron M. Marshall