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Security Increasing After Alleged Hate Crime Toward Portland Students

Portland’s superintendent is pledging to protect the district’s students following an alleged hate crime targeting four students last week.

In an open letter, Portland Superintendent Xavier Botana condemned the alleged attack on four Casco Bay High School students on Friday.

In the letter, Botana also took aim at the recent federal executive order barring immigrants from certain countries from entering the United States. The superintendent told Maine Public Radio that the district is committed to protecting the legal rights of all students.

“Keeping our children safe at the bus stop, but also safe in ensuring they have access to a free and public education,” Botana says.

Botana also says he also plans to increase security across the district for the near future.