St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., is circulating an "anti-bias" draft policy among its administrators about possible punishment for "hate speech," according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
"It is the impact of hate speech, rather than the intent of those perpetrating it, that is of utmost importance," the draft policy states, continuing that boys could face expulsion "even in the case of a single expression, act, or gesture."
According to the draft policy, offenses can include "misplaced humor," and such violations "should be reported immediately to the student's adviser" by students, teachers, or parents.
"We also expect that anyone, whether student, faculty, staff, or family member, who witnesses, or has knowledge of an incident of hate speech, will report the incident to the appropriate individual," it states.
The policy ensures no one will meet consequences for making "a good faith report."
The Washington Free Beacon stressed it is unclear whether such policies have already been performed.
Founded in 1909 in the shadow of the National Cathedral, St. Albans is a college preparatory day and boarding school for boys that cost over $50,000 annually for day students and over $70,000 for boarding students.
The school issued a statement regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion in the wake of George Floyd's death in 2020, committing to addressing "racial hate speech" and to "investigating and eradicating such behavior."
"As noted in our June 27 letter, faculty and staff read Ibram X. Kendi 'How to Be an Antiracist' and Ta-Nehisi Coates's 'Between the World and Me' this summer," the statement announced. "We had two training sessions and conversations based on these books during our opening faculty and staff meetings, and we will continue these conversations and training sessions during our October faculty and staff professional days."
Coates's book has further been inserted into the school's curriculum. The school lists critical race theory texts in its list of "resources."
The list of notable alumni of St. Albans who have gone on to wield power is extensive and includes former Vice President Al Gore and various senators.
Under those pressures, the best private schools in the country's capital have all come to resemble each other. Even Landon, perhaps the most conservative boys school in the D.C. area, hired a diversity consultant last year to "evaluate the lived experience of the Landon program." As part of that evaluation, students were asked to join focus groups based on how one identifies"—including, at the all-boys school, gender identity.
The communications office at St. Albans did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.