More than 30 students, staff and community members gathered on March 25 for Westfield High School’s No Place for Hate community book-read discussion. The participants met via video chat to talk about Kekla Magoon’s novel. How It Went Down, which tells the story of a community responding to the shooting of an African-American teenager by a white man.
The discussion addressed themes such as identity, perspective and stereotypes, as well as the ways in which this book from 2014 remains relevant today. Participants discussed their takeaways from the novel and expressed interest in more book reads. Copies of the novel were provided courtesy of the Westfield Education Association, and were ordered from the Town Book Store in Westfield.
Anyone with interest in joining the WHS No Place for Hate Committee can reach out to Assistant Principal Warren Hynes at email@example.com or Social Studies Teacher Kim Leegan at firstname.lastname@example.org.