After the Reddit post gained attention on social media, Libs of TikTok called the school “racist against White people” in a tweet. But instead of gaining sympathy, authorities branded the criticisms as “hate speech incidents” on social media.
Worse, they linked those criticisms to the bomb threats and emails against the school.
On Aug. 26, the elementary school received bomb threats and emails at around 7:30 a.m. Oakland Police, in collaboration with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and K-9 and bomb teams, evacuated the school located at 6686 Chabot Road in the Rockridge neighborhood.
Capt. Lisa Ausmus told reporters that more bomb threats were received at individual residences but did not provide further details except to clarify that these threats were unrelated to the homes of students or parents.
The Oakland Unified School District issued a statement on Aug. 29 defending the event. “This playdate aimed to create an affinity space where Black, Brown, and API families can build and sustain connection and belonging at the school. It’s one of many examples of the important work we do for equity and inclusion across the District,” it said.
The district also gave their statement regarding the seriousness of the incident: “This incident, along with multiple threatening emails, phone calls, and social media posts, are being taken seriously by Oakland Unified School District and the Oakland Police Department. The FBI is also now involved in this active investigation.”
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