Note: Headmaster Paul Krieger sent this letter to the Christ School community on June 3rd, 2020.
TO: The Christ School Community
I have been asked by some parents and alumni where the school stands on the recent course of events playing out across our nation's cities. At first, I was a little taken aback having to explain where Christ School stood on issues such as racial injustice, police brutality, murder, wanton destruction of property, mob rule, lack of respect for the rule of law, and hate. I thought our 120-year history of educating young men to be tolerant, kind, respectful, loyal, with an innate impulse to service, especially to those who are less fortunate, had spoken for itself. Perhaps I overlooked the need for a statement and I apologize and own that.
I first want to reach out and recognize the pain of people of color in our community and what they are feeling right now. We support all efforts and movement that will change the present system and make this country and its people more equal and tolerant of race, religion, and ideas. I also want to reach out and acknowledge the courage and faith of members of our community who serve in law enforcement along with our firefighters and EMTs who put their lives on the line for us every day in every corner of this county. Their commitment to service is critically important as we try and make this country a better place for all Americans. I fully understand that any words I communicate will never be enough, but I feel it is important that Christ School acknowledges the pain, uncertainty, and suffering that this country is currently experiencing. Christ School is a community of 290+ boys from 18 states and eight foreign countries representing all races, ethnicities, religions, and narratives. Christ School remains "Many voices - but one community."
I am sending this to all members of our community and have intentionally chosen not to post this on social media of any kind. Those who anonymously comb the dark alleys of social media and spew venom and hate on any post have no inclination to help or heal, and that is exactly what is needed in these times. Actions always speak louder than words. Christ School will continue to instill character, openness, tolerance, and forgiveness in all its boys while striving to make them better citizens as they make this country a better place for all Americans.
Paul M. Krieger