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READ excerpts from the Amherst School Committee's letter of reprimand to the Equity Task Force over use of term 'racist'

Here are some excerpts from a letter to the Amherst Equity Task Force from the School Committee regarding the task force chairman Amilcar Shabazz using the term 'racist' in the context of an assault. The letter was sent to the task force on June 18, 2014.

"The Chair spoke about an incident which occurred this spring when secondary students of color
decided to identify and beat up the greatest student racist they could find."

"This particular incident, and the identity of the aggressors and the victim, was well known throughout the school community. As an official of the Regional School Committee, the Chair risked violating the FERPA rights of all these students by making this public statement."

"An investigation was conducted and no issue was raised in the course of the investigation about the student being a racist. Yet, the Chair has now inappropriately and publically exposed this student as one who is racist."

"Because of this 'outing' of the student and the statement made by the Chair that the student was a racist, the parent has been notified about what occurred at the meeting and a written apology has been made on behalf of the Regional School Committee."

"It is a basic expectation that School Committee members share only correct information and that false
accusations not occur."

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