Sam Phil at Night
January 06, 2021

Defending Democracy

Head of School denounces violence in Washington, D.C.

As we try to make sense of the violence and rioting in Washington, D.C, we are wishing that we could be together in person to support each other.

We all must take time to understand what is happening, its historical context, and its implications for the future.

These abhorrent acts have no place in our society. They mark a previously unimaginable new level of disregard for our Democracy. The many freedoms granted by our U.S. Constitution give no one the right to incite violence or to deny the votes of the people. Those who choose to express themselves through violence and those who seek to destroy our Democracy must be held accountable.

We hold in our thoughts the victims, those put in harm’s way, and every innocent bystander who witnessed these attacks. We are grateful to the first responders who bravely intervened in an attempt to restore peace. While it is difficult to find hope in moments like this, we must remain steadfast in our belief that Democracy will prevail.

Andover will think together about ways to demand more from our elected leaders and society at large—to remain true to those democratic ideals that undergird the United States.

Raynard S. Kington, MD, PhD, P’24

Head of School

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