January 29, 2021
From the School Board:
Gresham-Barlow School Board’s statement regarding Clackamas County
Commissioner Mark Shull’s social media posts
The Gresham-Barlow School Board is committed to meeting the needs of each student and we celebrate the diversity of our families, our staff, and the cultural assets each person brings to our District. As education leaders, we strive to create a future with culturally responsive graduates who will thrive in an ever-changing global community. To ensure that we can create this world, we will do our part to call out bigotry and harm to children and families in our district. We are committed to confronting white supremacy, nationalism, and racial violence (be it emotional, mental, or physical) at every level within our district.
On January 11th, 2021, it was made public that Clackamas County Commissioner Mark Shull had made contemptible comments on social media that were harmful to our Muslim, immigrant, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and other marginalized communities. As a school board serving a school district that encompasses parts of Clackamas County, we stand united with Clackamas County Leaders in condemning Mark Shull and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric.
County commissioners represent and oversee institutions such as public health, corrections, property registration, and public works. In order to represent and serve constituents in this work, a robust equity lens is required. While we acknowledge Mark Shull has publicly apologized for his comments, an apology is not enough. As leaders in education representing these same constituents, we join with Clackamas County leaders in calling on Mark Shull to resign as County Commissioner immediately.