A high-school student in Franklin, one of those normally quiet towns along 495, was jeered and heckled Tuesday night when she tried to discuss how LGBTQ students are treated at Franklin High School. It got so bad, the committee chairwoman had to gavel the meeting into a recess and call in police to keep order after adults in the back just wouldn't stop yelling.
The Franklin Observer headlined its story: What Just Happened? As the student was talking about everyday bullying and slurring of, people began yelling stuff like "This is indoctrination!" The incident happened after other people protested the book selection in Franklin schools.
The next day, Franklin School Superintendent Sara Ahern wrote an open letter to the town that starts:
It is with a heavy heart and sincere anger that I write regarding the events that transpired at last evening’s School Committee meeting. The conduct, tone, and disruption by some members of the audience was appalling and a violation of Franklin Public Schools’ core values of a safe and inclusive environment and a collaborative community as well as unacceptable with respect to public meeting procedures. It is also contrary to the community’s consensus vision for our graduates of empathetic and productive citizens who demonstrate social-awareness through inclusivity and the consideration of various perspectives.