Middlebrook video sparks community response


In response to last week’s anti-Semitic incident in which a “Jews will burn” note was found on a Jewish student’s locker, Middlebrook eighth graders made and posted a “We Are Middlebrook” YouTube video Oct. 28, and community members have followed suit.

On Monday, Oct. 30, First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice and her husband, Paul, posted a video to Facebook, challenging Wilton families, residents, businesses and organizations to “share in the spirit of the Middlebrook eighth graders” and show their support for Middlebrook students, their families and the Wilton community.


The Vanderslices also encouraged residents to make “We Are Wilton” videos and post them to Facebook, Instagram and other social media with the hashtag #WeAreWilton to “help spread the word that hate has no place in Wilton.”

Parishioners of St. Matthew’s Church made a video, which has been posted to the church’s Facebook page and can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2ifNU58.

Steve Hudspeth said he and other parishioners also had discussions with the church’s 24 eighth grade confirmands and their mentors about what happened at Middlebrook.

“It was a very productive and encouraging experience,” said Hudspeth, who is also chair of the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee (Wi-ACT).

“They told of signs of encouragement and support for fellow students put by students on whiteboards and lockers all over school on Friday, and of their concern that people not think that the acts of a few represent students’ views in general.”

The confirmation students also expressed “a strong desire for even more education on other religions as part of our confirmation program,” which is something the church “will certainly do,” said Hudspeth.

Anyone who wants to upload a video to Facebook but doesn’t have an account may email their video to the first selectman: Lynne.Vanderslice@wiltonct.org.