Essex Westford schools raise Black Lives Matter flag

Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 7:39 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2020 at 12:45 PM EDT
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ESSEX, Vt. (WCAX) - Schools across the Essex Westford School District put up Black Lives Matter flags Thursday morning to express solidarity with people of color in their schools, community and world.

In an email sent to families, the school district said they are working toward being an anti-racist organization through professional development, curriculum changes and hiring practice.

Student leaders raised the issue and pushed the school board to vote on raising the flags. The board voted unanimously in favor of the plan.

But students at Essex High School say there's plenty more work to do.

"Beyond the high school at the younger schools, that is the first step, is to just talk about race which is something we haven't done yet and I am hoping that after raising this flag and after everything that has happened that this will be something that is talked about constantly," said Tilly Krishna, a senior at Essex High School.

The district also recognizes there will be a wide variety of responses to the flags and encourages families to discuss racism with their children.

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