APD at ARHS
I guess if you say it often enough it becomes true to a lot of people. Are the venerable Amherst schools guilty of "institutional racism?" And by extension, the entire community. Really?
Apparently Rick Hood thinks so. You may remember Mr. Hood not long ago at a School Committee meeting demanding the schools fire any employee who fails to intervene in a "racist" incident.
How about the black on white racism/bullying that occurred last January? A regrettable incident the schools completely mishandled because it did not fit their politically correct concept of racism.
To this day the bullied white youth is still not back in school, while all three of his tormentors have been back almost since day one.
Meanwhile, the teacher of color (Carolyn Gardner) who was targeted by alleged racist "threats" left in bathrooms has a full-time guard assigned to her while carrying out her duties on school grounds.
Mr Hood laments an overly white Town Meeting but he fails to mention an even bigger demographic rift -- the age gap. Amherst has the lowest median age in the state (22) because of "college aged youth," while Amherst Town Meeting could easily be mistaken for a senior center social.
The Amherst School Committee, of which he is a member, is 80% white.
Branding the public schools and the entire community "racist" because of the misguided attention seeking actions of a unknown perp is exactly the kind of overreaction the troll is seeking.
And trolls come in all colors.