Carstarphen urged students to "lead by example" and "honor the legacy of nonviolence" displayed by U.S. Rep. John Lewis, for whom an Atlanta middle school is named.
“Our district has stood with you and embraced your leadership and growth in civic engagement and the meaningful impact it can have on social change. If you are choosing to be involved, please continue to lead by example along with your caregiver/parents’ permission,” Carstarphen wrote. “As our community’s future leaders, and our students, you have led movements of national significance and we supported you during those silent and respectful protests. Continue to exhibit that kind of leadership. Follow that model for the change you seek. It’s a model for change deeply rooted in our legacy of nonviolence, and continue to make us proud.”
In Cobb County, school board member Jaha Howard announced on Facebook a 6 p.m. "call to action for anti-racism." The 45-minute event at the flagpole Taylor-Brawner Park in Smyrna will be family friendly and include a moment of silence, prayer, reflection and a call to action, according to the social media post.
Atlanta school board member Erika Mitchell, who represents District 5 in west Atlanta, also issued a statement Sunday. She said she feels “upset and frustrated” over the “unjust loss of our black brothers.”
“The killing of unarmed black people is unacceptable and we must do better as a nation to protect the rights of all citizens. Within these past 48 hours, I have seen protests, peaceful and destructive. But for the students, whom I serve, that feel the need to take their anger to the streets, I urge you to find a peaceful way to protest because your voice is important and should be heard,” she wrote.