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Schools Chancellor David C. Banks’ Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Israel

  • Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2023

New York City, NY –New York City Schools Chancellor David C. Banks today released the following statement on the attacks in Israel:

In light of the attacks by Hamas on Israeli civilians, I am compelled to speak out to condemn these horrific acts of violence. It is heartbreaking to see the devastating impact of terrorism on innocent civilians, especially our most vulnerable—children. As a global community, we should prioritize peace and the well-being of all people, but particularly the next generation. 

To that end, we are providing resources to our schools to facilitate discussions about the conflict and supporting our students in being compassionate global citizens. As the leader of our nation’s largest school system, I want to be abundantly clear that hate of any kind has no home in NYCPS. That is evident by Chancellor’s regulations and policies, which will be reinforced to ensure every student, staff member, and community stakeholder is safe, supported, and respected in our schools. 

Right now, my heart is most of all with staff and families affected by the attacks, including those who have loved ones who have been lost or kidnapped. I see you and am with you to offer whatever support I can during this difficult time.