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Essex Junction residents rally for school racial equity

Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 6:11 AM EDT
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ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (WCAX) - Some Essex Junction village members want the conversation about racial equity to continue following a divisive Essex Westford School Board meeting last month over Black Lives Matter flags.

About 30 people were on the village sidewalks Tuesday saying that comments made during the district meeting were inappropriate and that they support the students.

“I think I have a responsibility as a parent to show my children that’s not how we behave, that’s not what we do and that’s not who this community is. This is a village, it takes a village, and we need everyone in the community to feel safe,” said Kelly Adams, an EWSD parent.

“Positive change never happens by itself, it’s only when people get together and work to bring about positive change. I tried to set an example when I was teaching and I still try to set an example today,” said Brian Walsh, a retired teacher in the district.

Two days after the Essex Westford School Board voted to keep Black Lives Matter flags flying at their schools, the one at Hiawatha Elementary was cut down and stolen.

The group on Tuesday said that they hope these conversations can be more respectful of the BIPOC community.

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