Trevor Baptiste, the only minority member of Regional Agreement Working Group at 6/12 meeting
UPDATE 3:00 PM School Superintendent Maria Geryk has kindly negotiated a live session between Mr. Terrell and concerned parents. Next year. And only now is he "developing an outline of his presentations"?!
In his first act as the new RSC Chair Trevor Baptiste proposed changing the restrictive "Public Comment" period to allow for more extemporaneous input after the disastrous June 24 meeting cost Lawrence O'Brien the chairmanship.
The public comment period had become a hot bed of activity around racial issues -- and deservedly so. The predominantly white committee (7 of 9) was having trouble concentrating on their routine agenda items.
At a June 18th meeting of the Equity Task Force, Chair Amilcar Shabazz purportedly talked about an unreported -- more like covered up -- violent racial incident where three black youths "aggressively and seriously assaulted" a white youth because he was the "greatest student racist they could find."
Unnamed members of the Equity Task Force seemed to think Shabazz violated the (FERPA) rights of all the youth involved, since insiders were well aware of the incident and the names of all concerned. But us lowly outsiders -- who represent the vast majority -- had no idea the incident had even taken place.
Individual Chairs of the school committees that make up the Region, circumventing the Open Meeting Law, signed a sharply critical memo chastising Shabazz and apologized to the parents of the white child involved.
Lawrence O'Brien Chair (for a day) 6/24 RSC meeting
In response, RSC Vice-Chair Trevor Baptiste called a renegade Regional School Committee meeting without approval of then Chair Lawrence O'Brien to countermand the 7/15 memo pillorying Shabazz. That single motion passed by unanimous vote of the five members (out of nine) who dared to show up.
And at the next meeting of the full Committee (8/14) Baptiste was elected chair, trouncing O'Brien (5 votes to 3).
So how is Mr. Baptiste -- one of only two black members of the RSC -- going to handle this sad, sadistic episode where a well-paid black motivational speaker terrorized all too many 7th and 8th graders with violent images of loved ones being gunned down before their innocent eyes?
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