Concerned residents called for action during a Board of Education meeting Monday night.
HEBREON, Connecticut — Concerned community members are outraged after a noose was found in the boys’ locker room at RHAM School (Hebron Regional, Andover, Marlborough) on Friday morning.
At a meeting of the Board of Education on Monday night, they talked about what they say is a bigger problem than this incident.
He said, “This is something bigger than school, it’s a societal problem. When your kids come home and you make racist jokes, it’s not funny. When you make jokes about a safe place on Facebook, it’s not funny.” Irene Busiri from Hebron.
Connecticut State Police is now investigating the possible hate crime, but Connecticut chapters of the NAACP are calling on federal, state and local officials to investigate.
“We have to put an end to this. This is 2022. Not 1863. When will it stop?” said Rodney Alexander Jr., senior vice president of the Windham-Willimantic Chapter of the NAACP.
The gallows is a symbol of violence and hatred.
“That was a message. You don’t burn a cross without a message. You don’t hang a noose without a message. So as a message to whoever hangs it, we’re here, we’re not going anywhere and I’m an easy guy to find,” Alexander said.
Regional School District 8 provided counseling services over the weekend and said that support will continue to be available for those who need it.
“The focus of the district at this time is ensuring we provide a safe space for students and staff affected by last week’s event at the school and with all the support we can provide,” said Superintendent Colin McNamara.
Some community members said this should be a moment to take action to make real change.
“This calls for reform in the curricula,” said one of the residents. “It calls for training and developing our teachers and students.” “They cannot learn if they are insecure. They cannot learn if they are not made to believe that they are valued and protected members of our society,” she said.
The NAACP will address this during a press conference at RHAM High School at noon Tuesday.
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