- Santa Clara Unified School District
Wilcox High School
Dear Santa Clara Unified Community,
You may be aware of an incident at Wilcox High School which has been in the news regarding allegations of bullying that happened during a school rally and football game last Friday. Our district’s focus this week has been on supporting the school and their students, and now that the investigations have concluded, we have information to share.
Santa Clara Unified School District and our schools are committed to the best interests and safety of our students. We proactively work to create an environment that embraces diversity and inclusivity and we do not tolerate harassment, bullying, or retaliation of any kind. We take these matters seriously and will conduct an immediate and thorough investigation, involve local authorities when needed, and take disciplinary action when district policies have been violated. We also have counselors and other school and district staff dedicated to supporting students who are experiencing bullying or harassment. Please let your school office know if there is a student who needs support.
Below is a message from Wilcox High School Principal Kristin Gonzalez to the community that we would like to share with you.
Principal's Message to the Community
Dear Wilcox Charger Community,
As our community begins moving forward from what has been a very painful week, I want to connect with you because I feel that it is critical that we begin the healing process.
From a disciplinary standpoint, the school has taken the actions available given the facts of the case, which range from removal from athletics to suspension from school.
As difficult as this week has been, there is also an opportunity for our school community to come together in order to work to create an environment that will ensure that every single student at Wilcox feels welcomed and embraced. With that in mind, we will be working collaboratively with our students, staff, and families on activities and bringing diversity experts to campus to act as a resource in assisting our community in the healing process.
At Wilcox High School, we will never tolerate bullying or harassment of any student. If you feel you are bullied or harassed, we are here for you. Let us know, and we will immediately support you and ensure that the behavior is immediately stopped.
The high school years tend to naturally be interesting years, but they should never be years of pain and heartache. They should be a time of learning, joy, and innocence as you prepare to take the first major step towards adulthood.
As a school community, it is my plan to bring us together and use this incident as the tipping point that will ensure this will never happen again.