Administrators, teacher and students at Boston Latin School will have to undergo annual training on preventing racial discrimination, under an agreement announced today by the US Attorney's office to end the federal probe into possible civil-rights at the school.
The US Attorney's office reports it found one specific civil-rights violation, involving an incident in which "a male student addressed a female black student during class using profanity and a racial slur and threatened to lynch her with an electrical cord," but that it is not recommending any criminal charges.
The investigation also raised concerns about BLS's response to two other racially charged incidents and the overall effectiveness of its efforts to create an inclusive school climate for all of its students. Finally, the USAO found that BLS did not consistently apply policies and procedures relating to student discipline.
In addition to the training, BPS has to hire a diversity/non-discrimination officer at BLS to handle "complaints of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation" and conduct an annual school-wide racial-climate survey at BLS. The school will also have to set up "a system of restorative justice at BLS."
Statement by School Superintendent Tommy Chang:
The Boston Public Schools (BPS) is committed to ensuring that Boston Latin School — along with all of our schools — fosters a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for each and every student. We and the leadership of Boston Latin School are fully committed to implementing the recommendations in the voluntary resolution agreement reached with the United States Attorney’s Office to ensure all reports of racial bias are fully, promptly and effectively addressed at Boston Latin and every Boston public school. BPS will also continue our ongoing district-wide work to educate students and staff on adopting culturally and linguistically sustaining practices, recognizing bias-based behavior and closing opportunity and achievement gaps.