Someone sent racist letters to two black staff members at the prestigious Milton Academy following a meeting on diversity, and police believe the messages came from inside the elite prep school.
School officials notified parents Monday about the letters, which were sent after a late October meeting with faculty and staff to discuss diversity issues, reported the Boston Globe.
The school’s head, Todd Bland, did not describe the contents of the letters, but police indicated they were hateful and racially motivated.
One of the letters was sent to the academy’s K-8 multicultural director, a source told the newspaper, and the other was sent to the lower-school director.
The Milton, Massachusetts, police chief told police in a separate interview that the investigation was “sensitive” because authorities believe the letters were “perpetrated from the inside.”
“This fall we learned of an act that occurred in our K-8 community that directly conflicts with the culture and values we work hard to cultivate at Milton,” Bland told parents in an email. “Two adult members of Milton K-8 received an anonymous letter that included hurtful and hateful sentiments targeted at them.”
Bland said administrators notified faculty and staff of the letters just before Thanksgiving, but one member of the upper-school faculty told the Globe last week that he had not heard about the incident.
The email to parents was sent after the newspaper questioned administrators about the letters.
Bland sent another email to faculty and staff about the letters after notifying parents.
Non-white students make up 37 percent of the K-8 population and 43 percent of the upper school population at Milton Academy, which has nearly 1,000 students.
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Gov. Deval Patrick are among the school’s distinguished alumni.