U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz has agreed to investigate allegations of civil rights violations at the historic exam school, Boston Latin School.
We reached out to Superintendent Tommy Chang and Mayor Marty Walsh, they referred us back to their statement. US Attorney Carmen Ortiz declined to join us as well, but her office did send a statement confirming the civil rights investigation.
So, we spoke with Karina Meiri, her two children went to Boston Latin School, and she served 10 years on the School Parent Council. She was on the committee that hired Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta.
Karina Meiri, former member of the Boston Latin School Parent Council.
- "The Boston Public Schools’ Office of Equity investigated, looking at alleged incidents of racism over an 18-month period. The investigation found school officials’ actions were appropriate in some cases, but criticized the way they handled others — including an incident in which a black female student said a non-black male student called her a racial slur and threatened her with a reference to lynching. The investigation also made recommendations for moving forward, saying the school needs a new anti-racism initiative. But several community leaders said the report didn’t go far enough, and called for the school’s headmaster, Lynne Mooney Teta, to step down."
- "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 segment aired on March 3, 2016.