On Wednesday, February 3rd, 30+ families gathered on Zoom to attend an event hosted by the Multicultural Parents Association (MPA) of Springfield Township (Montgomery County, PA), where K-5th grade children were presenting recreations of inventions by Black Americans. This event, STEM Night, was one of several events hosted by the parents group for Black History month. Approximately five minutes into the Zoom, the event was zoom bombed, and racial epithets, sexual imagery and profane language were on display for all participants. The children were visibly upset, scared, and disappointed that the event had to be abruptly cancelled.
This event was one of several other reported virtual events across the country during Black History Month to be victimized by this type of attack. This is the second incident to occur in Springfield Township, where a host group of color held an event that was attacked with racial and sexual violence. The matter has been referred to the police and is under active investigation.
The local superintendent, Dr. MaryJo Yannacone, sent a district wide communication that condemned the behavior and lent full support to students and families.
The community was outraged but turned a negative situation into a positive. The Erdenheim and Enfield Home and School Partnership (EEHSP) partnered with the MPA group to host a fundraiser, from which the proceeds will be used to purchase anti-racist literature to enrich the classrooms and libraries for K-12 students within the School District of Springfield Township. The books will be purchased from Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books, a local Black owned bookstore. The early reaction to this fundraiser has been very positive and the MPA is overwhelmed by the community support and hopes this will highlight to the local area how love can outweigh hate.