After election, local schools send letters home reminding families of code of conduct

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CLEVELAND - Aftershocks of the presidential election are still rumbling through several Cleveland area schools. Both the Rocky River School District along with Saint Ignatius sent letters to all parents explaining their code of conduct following the divisive election season.

"We had heard from some other schools and even from some of our own students that there were some disturbing encounters going on," said Saint Ignatius vice president Gerald Skoch. "We also saw some things posting from some of our families on Facebook indicating that some of these young men were not treating each other with the respect we expect of them."

The Saint Ignatius letter reads in part:

"...We will not stand for bigotry, hatred or intolerance of any kind. Bigotry, hatred and intolerance are not Democratic values, they are not Republican values, they are not American values and they most certainly are not Christian values."

In Rocky River, the superintendent says their letter was a proactive approach to let everyone know what is and is not acceptable behavior.

The superintendent's letter reads in part:

"After an election filled with emotionally charged divisive rhetoric, our commitment to our students and our mission is unwavering...we remain committed to leading age-appropriate non-biased classroom discussion as "teachable moments" arise.."

Fox 8 talked to one woman who says the letter is too vague.

"Are the teachers supposed to decide what's a teachable moment? It sounds like if the teacher has an orientation a certain way they might take offense where somebody else wouldn't," said Laverene Leonnard.

Others disagree saying the letter is a reflection of the current divisive political climate.

"I think it's good," said Maureen Lemieux. "I think it's unfortunate that they have to the conditions exist that warrant them sending out this kind of message."

Both schools insist there was no specific incident that triggered the letters.

"People are so sensitive now a days we have to get them coloring books and play dough whenever something doesn't go their way," said Leonnard.