How To Handle Racial Climate At Boston Latin School

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Boston Latin School has been at the center of the city's concern about race relations in Boston Public Schools. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Boston Latin School has been at the center of the city's concern about race relations in Boston Public Schools. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

This week, Michael Curry, president of the Boston chapter of the NAACP and other black leaders in the city, said they planned to file a complaint with the US Attorney's Office, demanding a more thorough investigation of the racial climate at the historic Boston Latin School... and an investigation into the school administration's response to allegations of racism.

This comes after Boston Public School's Office of Equity released the results of its own investigation, which found that between November 2014 to January 2016, there were seven incidents related to race at Boston Latin, and that the school's internal policy was violated in one of those incidents.


Michael Curry, president of Boston’s NAACP. He tweets @BostonNAACP1911.


Radio Boston: Black At BLS: Race And Sensitivity At Boston Latin School

  • "On Martin Luther King Day this year, two students at the prestigious Boston Latin School launched a social media campaign: #BlackatBLS. Seniors Meggie Noel and Kylie Webster-Cazeau launched a citywide conversation on racism in Boston Public Schools."

WBUR: Amid Concerns About Boston Latin Leadership, Supt. Chang Meets With Parents

  • "Concerns about racial sensitivity at the historic Boston Latin School are now escalating into a public debate about whether the school’s headmaster should keep her job. Calls for the ouster of Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta follow the release of a Boston School Department investigation report into controversies relating to racial issues at the prestigious exam school. The investigation’s findings said Mooney Teta did not follow proper procedures when investigating a student’s claim that another student directed a racial slur at her and mentioned 'lynching.'"

Boston Herald: NAACP Rips Report On BLS, Wants Headmaster To Leave

  • "The local NAACP is calling for Boston Latin School Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta to step down after an hourslong meeting yesterday with students, parents and alumni to discuss a history of racial episodes and administrative inaction at the elite exam school."

The Boston Globe: Latin School Head Apologizes For Slow Response To Racial Incidents

  • "In a letter to the school community released Tuesday night, the headmaster of Boston Latin School apologized for not responding more swiftly to racial tensions at the school. The letter follows weeks of public discussion about student claims that racism is common at the school and comes after a school department investigation found that Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta had failed to fully address an incident in which a non-black student threatened a black student."

This segment aired on February 25, 2016.


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