Joint BOE & Superintendent Statement 1-14-21
Joint Statement of the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools
On June 11, 2020, the New London Board of Education and by extension the residents of New London were racially attacked during a Zoom meeting. As appalling on many levels as this may be, this was only done virtually and by cowards. Cowards who shouted racial slurs as they sat safely hidden behind their screens and ran away from the screen just as quickly as they appeared.
Twice a month the New London Board of Education meets. We receive either digital copies or hard copies of our agendas and packets which are delivered to our individual homes.
On January 13, 2021, a packet was delivered to the home of Board of Education President Regina Mosely. This packet was taken and both a threat and a racial slur were scrawled on her envelope. This is abhorrent and will never be tolerated.
As the elected Board of Education of New London, we stand against any, and all threats and forms of racism. We reject all of those who attempt to intimidate any of the Board members, administrators, staff, or students. Today we say in full voice that we stand behind and give our full support to our President.
To those who felt the need to attack the Board President, know this, when you threaten one of us, you threaten all of us. Race shaming and threatening someone’s life is a federal crime, and your behavior will not go unpunished as your actions have been reported to authorities.
To our constituents, tonight the Board of Education will meet and represent our community. This Board of Education will represent your vision of what our education system can be both today and in the future. We will work towards bettering our school district so all can look upon New London as a model of education.
New London is a melting pot. A community that is made up of many cultures, colors, religions, genders, and political views. A place where we strive for diversity and where diversity is not just looked upon as a goal but something that is embraced and is the norm.
As Superintendent and along with this Board of Education and all members of our school community, we will continue to lead the way as we stand against threats of violence and racism. We are not intimidated. We are not divided. We are one, we are United in Excellence, and we are Whalers.