At least two Wilton High School students are said to have chanted \u201cbuild the wall\u201d during a football game against Danbury at Fujitani Field on Friday, Nov. 11, and the mayor of Danbury wants an apology. On Thursday, Nov. 17, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton tweeted that the Danbury High School student body nor the City of Danbury had \u201creceived an official apology from the students involved.\u201d Wilton Superintendent Kevin Smith apologized on behalf of the Wilton school community on Wednesday, Nov. 16, but Boughton is seeking an apology from the students who chanted. \u201cA generic letter or some type of symbol of unity would be the right thing to do,\u201d Boughton said in another tweet. In a Nov. 17 letter to families, Wilton High School Principal Robert O\u2019Donnell said he spoke with Danbury High School Principal Daniel Donovan earlier in the week \u201cto express that this act is not representative of our student body.\u201d Superintendent Kevin Smith has also been in contact with Danbury Superintendent Sal Pascarella, according to O\u2019Donnell, and Athletic Director Chris McDougal with Danbury High School Athletic Director Chip Salvestrini. O\u2019Donnell said an apology will be delivered \u201cfrom our school community to theirs,\u201d but did not say whether or not it would come from the student chanters. Late Thursday afternoon, Boughton called for a formal apology in an official letter to O'Donnell. "My office has received several calls, as well as notifications through social media describing the pain that those comments have caused," Boughton wrote. Boughton thanked O'Donnell for "taking this issue very seriously," acknowledging that the\u00a0incident "is not representative of the majority of [the Wilton]\u00a0student body." "In an email, that you sent to your community, which was shared by the media, you describe how you will begin to talk with\u00a0those students who have been identified as participants and use this situation as a 'teachable moment,'" Boughton continued. "As a former teacher, I would suggest that the crux of this teachable moment should be an apology to our students, and our community, for the hurt that has been\u00a0caused." "Part of becoming a citizen and engaging member of our community," Boughton wrote, "is knowing how and when to communicate our beliefs, whether they be political or otherwise." He said civic responsibility is important and "part of that responsibility is accountability for our actions." "Therefore," Boughton concluded, "I respectfully request a formal apology to our student body and to our community at large." Systematic approach O'Donnell said Wilton High School is taking a "systematic approach" to address what happened at the football game. Wilton High School faculty members met Wednesday afternoon to discuss post-election challenges, how to support the students and school community, and measures they will take \u201cto ensure a safe and supportive school setting for all members of our community,\u201d said O\u2019Donnell. Earlier that day, O\u2019Donnell addressed the entire Wilton High School student body and faculty during advisory period. \u201cI focused our school on the message that our words and actions are important and that it is not merely the intent of these words and actions,\u201d O\u2019Donnell said, \u201cbut their potential impact on others that is paramount.\u201d In his message to the school, O\u2019Donnell said the days following the presidential election have not only been \u201cchallenging for some\u201d and \u201ccelebratory for others,\u201d but have also \u201cled to some discord in our school and the broader community around our divergent and sometimes conflicting ideologies.\u201d \u201cWhile we may hold differing views on politics and society, we all share a responsibility to ensure that each member of the school community is valued, respected, and supported,\u201d O\u2019Donnell said. \u201cFurther, we must conduct ourselves in a manner that echoes this level of respect beyond the school walls to members of society with whom we interact.\u201d O\u2019Donnell said recognizing that \u201cwe are different, yet equal in the scope of humanity\u201d makes Wilton a stronger community. He also said speech that \u201cmarginalizes any members of your school community or compromises our vision to promote leadership, integrity, scholarship and empathy\u201d cannot and will not be accepted or tolerated. O\u2019Donnell asked students to \u201crecognize that in every interaction and experience, your words and actions matter in this school community and beyond\u201d and \u201cunderstand that it is not only the intent of these words and actions that matter, it is also the impact on other members of the community.\u201d \u201cWe expect you to speak up when you see or hear something that denigrates any member of the school community,\u201d he told the student body. \u201cAs Wilton Warriors, you represent yourselves, your families, our school, and our Wilton community.\u201d O\u2019Donnell\u2019s message was followed by an instructional task to promote productive, guided discourse pertaining to inclusion, empathy and civility, during which teachers and students worked to understand the potential impact of words and their meanings. They also discussed how to express views in \u201ca civil and productive manner, by respectfully and actively listening to other\u2019s viewpoints and, when necessary, resolve differences and conflicts of opinion,\u201d according to O\u2019Donnell. \u201cWe have a shared expectation that staff and students will speak up when they see or hear something that denigrates any member of the school community,\u201d said O\u2019Donnell. \u201cWhen students interrupt biased language, calmly ask questions, correct misinformation and echo others who do the same, they send their peers a clear message: This kind of language doesn\u2019t fly here.\u201d As part of Wilton High School\u2019s approach to address the issue, said O\u2019Donnell, psychologist, performer and poet Michael Fowlin is scheduled to share his \u201cYou Don't Know Me Until You Know Me\u201d presentation with the entire school next month. \u201cDr. Fowlin\u2019s mission is to create an atmosphere of worldwide inclusion \u2014 not just tolerance\u00a0\u2014 towards all people,\u201d said O\u2019Donnell. In his presentation, O\u2019Donnell said, Fowlin \u201ctakes the audience on an experiential journey, having them re-examine core precepts that were taught to us from as early on as first grade.\u201d Using humor, performance art, poetry, storytelling, psychology, theatrical monologues, and his own personal journey, Fowlin creates \u201ca moving experience for all who are open to this evolution,\u201d said O\u2019Donnell. Since the election, O\u2019Donnell said, Wilton High School\u2019s \u201ccollective focus \u2026 has been on educating our students and helping them make sense of these times.\u201d Although it has \u201ca talented administration and faculty, who are fully capable of leading and guiding us through this time period,\u201d and \u201coutstanding, supportive parents and community members,\u201d said O\u2019Donnell, \u201cour school community will need the further support and understanding of the Wilton community as we go forward together.\u201d \u201cAs a public school,\u201d he said, \u201cwe know our mission includes fostering civil discourse in a safe and respectful space.\u201d On Thursday, Nov. 17, Wilton High School Student Government Executive President Jackson Walker and Executive Vice-President Brooke Amodei wrote a letter\u00a0addressing what happened at Friday night's football game.