Statement Regarding the Verdict in the Derek Chauvin Trial

After nearly a year of protests, the nation and the world focused on Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the announcement of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd. Officer Chauvin was found to be guilty on all three counts of murder.

The implications of this trial are profound; the relationships between law enforcement agencies and communities of color continue to be strained and scrutinized. Officer Chauvin, through the due process provided to him by the American justice system, was held accountable for the murder of Mr. Floyd.

Now that the Chauvin trial has been adjudicated, we can begin the process of healing as a society, as a country and as a community. Undoubtedly, this case has affected us and our students. As educators, we need to provide safe spaces for students to dialogue about this case and its impact on their lives.

The San Diego County Office of Education has developed curated resources for educators to use with students in processing this event. These resources can be accessed HERE.

The Sweetwater Union High School District looks forward to continuing the dialogue about this case as well as the systemic inequities related to student achievement. For more information about the District’s educational equity work, please use the information below to contact Dr. Vernon Moore.

Vernon Moore
Chief of Educational Equity and Support Services