BOURBONNAIS – BBCHS Principal Brian Wright issued an email Saturday after what Wright called “a very emotional week.”
“As I reflect on the past five days, it is painfully obvious that we experienced a very emotional week. I have been working with teens for 31 years, and I witnessed more pain, confusion, anger, fear, and uncertainty this week than I care to see again. The causes of the pain many experienced are attributed to various factors, mostly outside of your control but still very much impactful.” Wright wrote.
According to a letter address to all students Saturday, Wright addressed nine different people impacted by the recent events.
The letter shed light on some of the recent events that later lead to protest outside Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School Friday, including a teacher being accused of being unpatriotic and spreading division within the student groups, car accidents which left two students injured, cases of accusations of sexual harassment and a threat of violence towards the school.
“I will take responsibility for delayed communication to our student body and school family. It is important to communicate what is not happening just as much as what is happening. If I had done this sooner, I believe many of the situations could have had a different outcome leading to less stress, fear, and anxiety for all.” Wright said, pledging in the letter to communicate more often with the student body. “I have nothing to hide. There are often time delays before communication is released so that we have all the necessary information to communicate effectively and accurately. People depend on this, and I will do my best to accomplish this sooner.”
Wright, who made the decision to limit attendees to Friday night’s football game, asked as students returning Monday stay in class if they wish to protest.
As of Monday morning, a petition posted to Change.org for “Justice for Women against BBCHS” was closing in on 5,000 signatures, nearly double the size of the entire student body.