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Students' racist Instagram post spurs protest at Saint Francis High School

Original post made on Jun 8, 2020

An estimated 50 to 100 people upset over racist social media posts by Saint Francis High School students marched on Monday from the school's Mountain View campus to the corner of El Camino Real and Castro Street.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 8, 2020, 8:48 PM

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Posted by Preaching to the chior
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2020 at 6:53 am

The racism did not come from people driving by. It came from St Francis grads. I think a better symbol would have been to have the gathering in the quad at St Francis, to address what has come from within their system.

Yelling at people driving and getting hem to honk their horns is fine and good, but I would venture a healthy wager that most all people driving by were sympathetic to the overall issue, but they were not the ones who posted racists stuff.

The drivers on El Camino were also mad at the disgusting things that came from these St. Francis products. Why take to the streets to yell at them? Yah, _WE_ know racism is horrible but apparently _YOUR_ graduates did not. This particular issue won't be fixed by public shows, it will only be fixed internally at St Francis.

"Physician, heal thyself"

Posted by Preaching to the chior
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2020 at 7:12 am

Sorry, last thought on this. If the signs were something like "St Francis Community apologizes and we will take action!", then I could see a larger show for the community being warranted.

Posted by Amina
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 9, 2020 at 7:15 am

The protest march was from St. Francis and walked to Castro. So yes it was heard at the heart also.

Posted by TT
a resident of another community
on Jun 9, 2020 at 9:07 am

A couple of the students involved were current students I know personally and were friends of my son. I removed my son from St. Francis earlier this year for the unfair and unequal treatment he was receiving at the school. Being African American I do not tolerate this behavior against anyone, not just my son.

Posted by JY
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 9, 2020 at 11:41 am

St Francis, YES, YOU CAN CHANGE!! Show to the community surrounding your school that we don’t have a bigot amongst us by actions.

Posted by BW
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 9, 2020 at 12:03 pm

This is sad. My husband is African American and graduated from St. Francis in the 80's. He said he did not experience or see what we're reading in this article or have heard about the incident. This is shameful. We should be teaching our kids better.

Posted by Michelle Yaley Myers
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 9, 2020 at 2:14 pm

As a Former Student of St Francis and First Graduating Coed Class this is so heartbreaking to me!These kids are old enough to know and should be kicked out for this behavior!!!Racism has NO PLACE ...and Catholic Schools have a Code of conduct or at least they used too...This isn’t about White privileged kid ,money,parents’s about Hate...and unless we show consequences to this inexcusable behavior how will they learn?!?!?Im grateful for the time I had at St Francis yet I know people that got kicked out for drinking alcohol-So this is acceptable Behavior-It’s all about the Thinking that leads to the actions...These kids need help...

a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2020 at 2:33 pm

Preaching to the chior, its called Awareness, look it up

Posted by Former SF student
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2020 at 2:50 pm

I am not surprised. I went to high school there and my friends and I used to call it "St. Fascist". Absolutely horrible culture within the school. They really need to change. PS. I transferred schools after 2.5 years because I hated it so much. Do not send your kids to school there.

Posted by Former SF student
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2020 at 2:53 pm

Also, preaching to the choir, I respectfully disagree with your comment and agree with BLACK LIVES MATTER. Also they have a much better username lol. Not intending to offend you, preaching to the choir, but spreading the message of anti-racism is the only thing that matters. #blacklivesmatter <3

Posted by It's become misguided
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2020 at 5:11 pm

Obviously people who are not AWARE reside within the St Francis community. I also think it should have been an internal SF protest, OR just a regular protest with no ties to SF.

This one particular protes is akin to someone at IBM sending out sexist tweets, and to address it, IBM employees go out on the streets and scream at drivers about how they need to be aware about sexism. Noooo....IBM needs to be aware about sexism. it should be focused on where we see it directly.
Good intentions, misguided application. You're kids though, you'll learn to not only fight the good fight, but to fight an effective fight. I applaud your energy and your intentions.

Posted by Green Nude Eel
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 9, 2020 at 5:17 pm

Wait a minute. Isn't Ralph Northam a little old to be in high school?

Posted by
a resident of another community
on Jun 9, 2020 at 5:27 pm

Unfortunate but not surprising that this issue would come up about St. Francis High School. It is indeed daunting that in the 35 years since our kids attended the local Public High School, things apparently haven’t changed much concerning the culture of that school’s mostly wealthy Parent/ Student community with its self satisfied attitude of the Catholic “Private School” superiority. High school has enough “clicks” as it is!
Our teenagers quickly saw the truth of the culture there and smiled, still enjoying their friends who went to St. Francis. Good friends!
As I said above: This latest however, is unfortunate but not surprising.

Posted by Easy Fix
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jun 9, 2020 at 6:03 pm

If the students are grads going off to college, I'm sure these colleges would like to be informed about the abhorrent behavior of their incoming students. If the colleges think it's egregious enough, admission can be revoked. I've seen it happen before where someone had their Harvard admission rescinded following the college finding out about their activity on social media.

Posted by Is it the St Francis leadership?
a resident of another community
on Jun 9, 2020 at 6:09 pm

My niece goes to another highly regarded Catholic high school just to our north, and is active in sports and clubs. I asked her about this and she said that their kids don’t generally post stuff like this. Yes, drinking, some drugs, but not this. The admin at St Francis needs a NO TOLERANCE policy towards racism. Parents, TALK to your kids, especially since they’re home with you now. RACISM IS NOT BORN, it’s LEARNED!

Posted by Delete Private schools
a resident of another community
on Jun 10, 2020 at 6:41 am

Fact is private schools get to do whatever they want and are not accountable to anyone. In SFHS case they also get to hide behind the powerful archdiocese and enjoy all their legal networks ties to Santa Clara County and sports organizations. They are not required to investigate or take disciplinary action to anything. They wouldn’t have told anyone about these posts if it wasn’t abundantly clear it was going to be made public anyway.They will create an ineffective class on racism and make the students in the Social Equity and Inclusion think they are empowered but they won’t make change. I’d like to see them step up to a Complicity Mirror and inventory all the incidents they did not come forward about in the interest of protecting privacy but at the cost of someone else’s (someone less powerful) feeling of inclusion. SFHS does not walk the talk. I can attest first hand.

Posted by @anoldliberalwhitewoman
a resident of another community
on Jun 11, 2020 at 1:56 am

Sorry some drivers-by didn't approve of the march. Maybe they need to look within their hearts for what Really made them uncomfortable. These students weren't just marching to send a message to the students and former students who did that vile stunt. It was about the issue of systemic racism that still exists in this country! More importantly for them, the did not want their school defined by what a couple students did, but rather by the students who did stand up against that act, and against racism in general!!

Posted by Whoops
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 11, 2020 at 8:51 am

I was hoping for a more targeted protest, more on point to the issue at St Francis. I would love to attend a protest held on Miramonte in front of the school to demand they take action.

Does anyone have an update on the racist SF students who participated in the posts?

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