D219 Board Denounces Hate

D219 Board Denounces Hate

The Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education made the following statement at its November 17, 2020 meeting:

At Niles Township High School District 219, we strive to achieve and maintain an educational community free from racism, anti-Blackness, anti-Semitism, harassment, discrimination based on sexual orientation or any other form of hate. We cherish our diversity and our programs designed to achieve equity for all of our students, employees and community members. We also place a high value on the security of our communications.  In this context, we were all shocked and left in disbelief to learn that on November 11, 2020, one of our teacher’s email accounts was accessed without authorization by an unknown individual and misused to send highly offensive and harassing emails to students and other members of the community. The content of the emails transmitted is beyond troubling and constitutes an affront to the  core values of our District.

We immediately secured the email account, enhanced the account security, and as a precaution, have forced a password reset for all email and network accounts utilized by our teachers, staff, and students. We promptly notified law enforcement and are cooperating with their investigation. We are also conducting an investigation of the incident with the assistance of a professional forensic firm. Please know that the District will not tolerate any acts of hate speech, racism or harassment and will pursue all measures to rectify the harm. Through the investigation, we will look for opportunities to further enhance our existing security measures. We appreciate your patience and continued trust.

As a reminder, the District will never request that its students or members provide password credentials via email. The District is recommending that all individuals who received an email during this incident not respond to or engage the sender. Questions regarding the incident can be directed to our Chief Legal Officer Ray Chung at raychu@d219.org.