Washington, D.C. –– Following the news that Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted after killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz during protests last summer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, DC Charter School Alliance Founding Executive Director Shannon Hodge released the following statement:
“The right to peaceably assemble and protest is a foundational truth we teach students from an early age each year in schools across the country. Today’s verdict in Wisconsin fails to deliver justice for the young men killed and wounded for peacefully protesting police brutality and violence in communities of color.
“It’s moments like these that continue to raise questions and send the wrong messages about historic injustices inflicted on communities of color here and everywhere. They are sad reminders that we have a long way to go to dismantle structures of oppression in our country.
“We mourn with students and staff for the victims denied justice today and recommit ourselves to building a more equitable and inclusive DC through education and action.”