‘We are One Henrico’: Students, staff show support for Godwin High School

‘We are One Henrico’: Students, staff show support for Godwin High School

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - High schools across Henrico were sporting the colors of red and white Wednesday to show support following an act of hate and racism at one county school.

Students and staff wore Mills Godwin High School’s colors after hate-filled graffiti was discovered on the side of the building Sunday morning.

Henrico Police arrested two juveniles believed to be responsible for the vandalism. They face charges of misdemeanor trespassing, felony vandalism and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Henrico County Schools spokesman, Andy Jenks, said the two juveniles are students who attend Godwin High School and administrators are looking at what code of conduct was violated as a result of this crime.

“We're taking this very seriously, up to and including the possibility of severe consequences for what we saw took place," Jenks said Wednesday.

But these hate-filled, racist images aren’t bringing staff and students at Godwin High School down. Instead, they’re fueling support across the county to show hate will not be tolerated in Henrico.

"Godwin's colors are red and white,” Jenks said. “In sort of a grassroots fashion our administrators and high school principals decided wouldn't it be a really cool idea if everyone wore red and white for a day to demonstrate that we stand together with the students and families of Godwin High School."

That’s exactly what happened Wednesday at high schools across the county.

"It's not every day that you see rival schools willingly wear the colors of the other high school,” Jenks said. “But today of all days, a lot of our high schools thought it was appropriate and really a good message to send."

That message sent on the day mentioned as part of a violent threat towards the school. A threat police have deemed not credible.

"It relieves some concerns knowing that those responsible, or who are believed to be responsible, have been identified and that law enforcement continues to address them appropriately," Jenks said.

Attendance at Godwin High School was down Wednesday compared to most days, according to Jenks.

While the particulars of why police believe these students may have committed this crime are unknown, Jenks added something positive has come out of the incident, support.

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“Hate has no place here, has no place throughout this region,” he said. “So folks are doing what they can to spread that message and demonstrate that as a County we are One Henrico."

Henrico Police said Wednesday they still have increased patrols around Tuckahoe area schools and neighborhoods out of an abundance of caution.

The investigation is ongoing.

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