In the wake of the recent anti-Semitic events at Middlebrook Middle School, students there created an inspirational video to declare that their school is no place for hate. It ended with the chant, “We Are Wilton.” The video has inspired the members of two churches–St. Matthew’s and Wilton Baptist–to tape their own messages. That got First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice thinking–why not get everyone in Wilton to shoot their own “We Are Wilton” videos and share them, along the lines of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge a few years ago.

“I challenge Wilton families, residents, business and organizations to share in the spirt of the Middlebrook 8th graders and show your support for Middlebrook students, their families, and our community. Make your own ‘We are Wilton’ video, and post it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and elsewhere, with the hashtag #WeAreWilton. Help spread the word that hate has no place in Wilton!

“If you don’t have Facebook, email it to me at and I’ll post it for you.”

Vanderslice and her husband, Paul Vanderslice, shot their own video late Sunday night:

Now it’s your turn–make your own “We Are Wilton” video and join the chorus of people saying, “Wilton is no place for hate!”

Wilton Baptist Church:

CORRECTION:  The article has been corrected from an earlier version that mistakenly identified St. Matthew’s Church as Wilton Presbyterian.