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Posted on: December 7, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Statements on Use of Racist Language

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Statement from Norwalk Mayor Harry W. Rilling:

Racism has no place in our society and definitely not in our school system. That one of our teachers would feel comfortable using racist language in their classroom in front of students is deeply troubling. I am sorry that our students were subjected to this incident. The Norwalk Police Department is reviewing this incident to see if it rises to the level of a bias crime. Regardless of any criminal charges, teachers that would use such language should not be allowed in the classroom.

 

Statement from the Norwalk Common Council:

Norwalk prides itself on being a diverse city where all are welcome. The Common Council is aware of two allegations of Norwalk Public Schools employees using racial slurs. While we cannot comment on personnel matters, the Council strongly affirms its belief in the dignity of each of its residents and the expectation that every city employee will treat every resident with respect at all times. This includes an obligation not to use hate speech, racial slurs, or any form of derogatory language about any group of people. The Council is committed to personnel policies that make that expectation clear to all employees and hold them accountable for any violations.

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