Concord High School students, staff rally for refugees
Roughly 50 Concord High School students, faculty and staff rallied yesterday at the home of recent refugee immigrants who received racist letter last week.
“We know that Concord is way better than that,” said Hema Gautam, a Concord High senior and one of the rally organizers. “There is so much more love here than hate.”
“We are working really, really hard on this point that this is America and there is no discrimination here. We are all human beings. We just want to be equal,” said Raman Sandhu, another senior and event organizer.
The students welcomed the family members, who found two anonymous notes on their door telling them to leave America.
When the students presented the family with flowers, Yorke and Lois Peeler, retirees living in nearby Havenwood Heights, also handed the family a wrapped gift.
The Peelers heard about the event from their pastor after reading about the notes in the Monitor.
“We really appreciate Concord as a community that is open to a variety of refugees,” Yorke Peeler said.
“This is wonderful to see the students doing this,” said Lois Peeler.