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Casco Bay High School Wins MEA Human and Civil Rights Award

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Casco Bay High School Wins MEA Human and Civil Rights Award
Posted on 05/26/2017
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On May 20, students who are members of Casco Bay High School's Civil Rights Team and Student Cabinet – as well as their faculty advisors – were honored with a Maine Education Association Human and Civil Rights Award for their leadership of the Walk of Solidarity in January, which was a response to a hate crime at a bus stop near the school.

The award was presented to CBHS student and staff representatives – Principal Derek Pierce, teacher Mallory Haar, junior Mohammed Omar and senior Matthew Suslovic – at the MEA Annual Representative Assembly.

After a racially biased hate crime against four Casco Bay High School students as they waited for the bus on Allen Avenue Jan. 27, CBHS students and staff held a Walk of Solidarity on Monday, Jan. 30, to speak out against hate and fear.

The MEA Human and Civil Rights Award recognizes “individual members, local affiliates, individual students, or student organizations who have demonstrated outstanding dedication in promoting human and civil rights for students and citizens of the State of Maine.”

Here’s a summary of why the MEA chose CBHS for the award this year: .

“When students step up and stand up for what is right, we are all proud. Tonight, we have the chance to honor some of those students, and the educators who helped them send a message of love not hate.

More than 300 students and staff members from Casco Bay High School in Portland conducted a Walk of Solidarity to express support for four black students who were the target of an alleged hate crime outside the school.

The march took place after school with students carrying signs that said: “Love Will Win” and chanted “No hate, no fear, everyone is welcome here.” The walk was brief, but symbolic and sent a strong message from the students who stood with their classmates.

It is this type of demonstration that truly highlights the lessons students learn from both educators, the public and each other.”

The Maine Education Association (MEA) is the largest unified professional organization in the state, representing more than 24,000 public school educators. MEA advocates for its members while inspiring them to be leaders in the educational process.

PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured (from left) are Casco Bay High School Principal Derek Pierce, teacher Mallory Haar, junior Mohammed Omar and senior Matthew Suslovic after CBHS received an MEA Human and Civil Rights Award on May 20.