Emotions High As Walsh Meets With Boston Latin Staff

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Emotions are running high at Boston Latin School. That's after Mayor Marty Walsh and Superintendent Tommy Chang met with faculty and staff Thursday morning to discuss the resignations of the school's two top administrators, in the midst of a federal inquiry into alleged racial incidents at the school.

Faculty and staff cheered outgoing headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta and assistant headmaster Malcolm Flynn on the steps of the school, as the mayor and superintendent addressed the media on the sidewalk.

Flynn accused Walsh and Chang of not being supportive when the school was accused of improperly handling student complaints of racism.

"Racial toxicity is not Boston Latin School," Flynn said, defending the school. "The students at Boston Latin School work together every day. They sit together in the lunch room every day, mixed tables. It is not like any other school."

Walsh called the meeting with faculty and staff "a good overall conversation."

"I expressed to the teachers and faculty and staff that a good leader is important but it's their foundation that we build upon," Walsh told reporters, "and it's a strong foundation here at Latin School that certainly a lot more great education can happen with."

The mayor and superintendent said they're committed to Boston Latin and will work to make the school more diverse.

This segment aired on June 23, 2016.


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