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Framingham investigating hate letters at elementary school

Framingham officials are investigating after two letters containing “hateful and harmful words” were found in a Muslim student’s storage bin at an elementary school, Superintendent Robert A. Tremblay said Tuesday.

The letters were found on Friday and Monday at the Hemenway Elementary School, which serves students in grades kindergarten to five.

“It is not lost on me the harm these letters have caused the family and the greater Muslim community,” Trembly wrote in a letter to the community posted on the district’s website.

“I want to reassure you that the Framingham Public Schools stands with you,” Tremblay wrote. “We will not accept hate. We will stand united against it.”


Police are working to identify the person who wrote the letters, and the district’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Community Development is conducting an internal investigation, according to Tremblay.

“While we are extremely disappointed in this turn of events, we remain committed to equity and justice,” he wrote. “As we continue our investigations we will continue to use this as a teachable moment to ensure all students learn how to create and sustain a welcoming community for all.”

Jackson Cote can be reached at jackson.cote@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jackson_k_cote.