Marist High School in Mount Greenwood canceled classes Friday for safety concerns after reports that Black Lives Matter Youth would protest at the school, officials said.
“After communicating with local officials and assessing the situation internally, we feel it is in the best interest of our school community to not be in session tomorrow,” a statement posted Thursday on the school’s website reads. “Not only is safety our first concern, but limiting disruptions to the learning process is vital to our students’ success.”
Youth protesters targeted the Catholic school after racially charged text messages shared between senior girls were made public on Twitter last weekend.
The girls, who were corresponding over a group text, had been discussing the impact that the police shooting of a black man in Mount Greenwood — and the resulting Black Lives Matters protests — would have on classes this week.