Statement regarding Chicago Police social media

Marist High School featured a “Marist Heroes” series on the school’s alumni social media platforms this past spring. It showcased Marist alumni serving on the frontlines during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It included many law enforcement officers.

On June 5, as the city faced unrest, we were notified by a member of the Chicago Police Department of alleged activity in the area attempting to identify police officers and their place of residence, including the home of one of our featured alum heroes. Many of our posts included not only the alum’s name and photo, but also the names of family members, and sometimes, the neighborhood where he or she grew up or lives. We had concern that the posts about police officers in the area—specifically from Chicago—provided too much information about their family and location. Out of an abundance of caution, we took them down.

Late on June 24, it became clear this decision caused confusion, as some believed it signified Marist did not support the police. That is inaccurate. In hindsight, we could have communicated our decision differently about the posts, but at the time, thought it might heighten the unease already being experienced. We apologize for the resulting misunderstanding. Please know this was done with the best of intentions.

Please be assured during this challenging time we are thankful for the members of the Chicago Police Department and all first responders and we pray for their continued safety.