Responding to the spate of hate crimes in the city, schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced Monday that he sent a memo to all city principals advising them to create and put in place anti-hate lesson plans by the end of the school year.
Walcott, who made the announcement with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, said it was important to teach kids about diversity.
"We cannot tolerate this at all," the chancellor said of Saturday's slaying of Mark Carson, 32, in the West Village. The NYPD said Elliot Morales, 33, yelled anti-gay slurs before shooting Carson point-blank in the face in the Village -- long known as a bedrock of the gay-rights movement. Morales was soon arrested a few blocks away.
Quinn, a mayoral candidate, said each school will determine how they will send the message to their students through assemblies, class lessons or other programs. The speaker said she hopes the lessons taught by the initiative will spread outside the city's youth.
"When they talk to their parents, or grandparents . . . about what they learned that day in school . . . it will cause those ripples in education to spread out to people older than school age," she said.
Walcott added that the city Department of Education will continue to do similar programs at the start of the next school year.