Maple Grove kids fight back against the racists

The kids of Maple Grove Senior High School did what they could today to fight back against the racist graffiti that was scrawled on the walls of a bathroom yesterday.

They lined up to welcome everyone to the school today. The principal, Bart Becker, ended his daily announcement with “I love you all.”

“Don’t talk about it, be about it,” Becker said. “Be about love. Be about respect. Be about empathy, kindness, inclusiveness, gratitude, patience, selflessness, humility, compassion, resolve and strength.”

So the kids were about all of those things, providing some graffiti of their own…

Submitted photo. Holly Johnson

… and they left messages to each other.

]Photo: Holly Johnson. Holly Johnson

Is it enough to make the stain of hatred and racism go away? Of course not. That’s not the point; it’s a declaration of an intent to fight it the only way the kids presently know how.

Give them credit for that.