On the Eve of a New School Year

On the Eve of a New School Year
Posted on 09/15/2020
Dear LS Students and Families,

Members of our community have shared with me some of the postings that have been made on social media out of concern for the welfare of your peers. Some are by you and some are by adults in our community. They are indeed very intense.

Making mistakes is an inevitable part of life. There are different kinds of mistakes. Some mistakes put you on the wrong side of things.

When you were little and spent the afternoon drawing on the walls of your house with permanent marker before someone finally noticed that was one thing. As you get older the mistakes you make often have a greater sphere of influence than when you were younger, which makes things more complicated. Maybe you didn’t mean it, maybe you should have known better, but in the end, you know it was your fault, and that others were hurt.

Being on the wrong side of things can make one feel incredibly vulnerable, even as an adult. The feelings of remorse can be extremely painful. While it can happen at any time, I think the hardest time to experience this is when you are at the age you are now when even on a good day you are at the most vulnerable time of your lives – the most susceptible to criticism dealt by others.

Many of you are understandably very angry. However, try to be empathetic to the impact of the postings and understand what it might be doing to your peers. We are usually able to experience the pangs of our own wrongdoing more privately. It is hard to imagine how extraordinarily difficult it has been to experience this on such a publicized manner as they have. However, due to the nature of the postings, compounding their feelings of regret and remorse is -- fear. Whatever consequences there might be for this, is that an appropriate one to mete out? I don’t think so. And I hope you don’t either.

We are on the eve of a much, anticipated opening of school. Let what happened be a warning call to act responsibly, and look to what is ahead of us. To say we have been terribly inconvenienced by what happened is an understatement! However, it hasn’t lessened our excitement about welcoming each and every one of you back to school at all, not one bit. We have missed you! Although not in-person we look forward to SEEING you tomorrow!

Sincerely,

Ms. Wong