Cupertino schools implement programs aiming to tackle bullying, hate crimes

Local high schools are implementing new programs that aim to create a safer and more inclusive environment following several incidents on campuses last school year involving racism, misogyny, hate crimes and bullying.

In July, Homestead Principal Greg Giglio announced a partnership with local law enforcement to educate students on cyber safety.  School officials have also collaborated with the Oshman Family Jewish Center and the Anti-Defamation League on student training.

Meanwhile, Cupertino High School announced required training for students and teachers in a “Speak Up at School” program designed to teach bystanders to speak up when encountering bullying, name-calling and identity-based stereotypes.

Following several campus incidents that caused alarm last school year — including the discovery of a racist “kill list” created by non-black Monta Vista High students — Fremont Union School District Superintendent Polly M. Bove released a statement in July reiterating the district has zero tolerance for such acts.

The disturbing “kill list” incident prompted a lawsuit in June alleging the school district failed to take proper disciplinary action against the accused students.