Newton North and Catholic Memorial administrators responded appropriately and well to the incidents at the playoff game. They didn't blame only the Catholic Memorial students for their slurs. They acknowledged Newton North students were also to blame and shared responsibility for the incident.
Significantly, they are discussing openly that intent isn't the only factor, but that it does matter. Most students likely didn't mean more than sophomoric banter. The impact it had on others has to be taken into account. The admins are finding the balance between not overly-punishing, recognizing there wasn't bad conscious intent, but providing consequences for the harmful impact to others.
They taught the students why what they did was wrong. There were consequences which weren't over the top. They spoke to the press openly and admitted the circumstances, the challenges, the consequences, and the response. They made this into a learning opportunity for children who still need to do some growing and maturing. They turned it into a learning opportunity for both communities, that something unfortunate needs to be dealt with appropriately, without looking the other way or demonizing students who made a mistake. Both communities will be able to move on, better for learning a lesson consciously.
And guess what? Surpise! No coverups, No OCR investigations, no PR firm contracts, no retaliation against those who complained and no costly legal expenses! Perhaps these knucklehead administrators and city solicitor here can learn from this demonstration on how to properly handle an unfortunate incident without turning it into a National story simply because of stubbornness, a quest for secrecy and the need to retaliate against victims and complaintants...for simply asking the administrators to address a problem.
Those in positions of power in Melrose - city and schools alike - appear more concerned with suppressing bad news than dealing sincerely with the underlying issues that may cause it.
Oh pleeeeeeease save it. This is the typical MM approach of choosing any side of an issue to criticize MHS. There were CM students who were not chanting that were banned from the subsequent game because of something their classmates did. You know full well if the exact same thing happened in Melrose this board will be full of anonymous parents whining and complaining because their kids was banned for something someone else did.
You're obviously choosing to completely miss the point - two points, actually. One - the CM/Newton North thing was was a bunch of dumb kids acting like a bunch of dumb kids. Not quite the same thing as a Melrose teacher telling a minority student to "go back to the plantation". Two - the administrations of both schools (and kids from both schools were at fault, not just the CM kids - in fact it was the Newton kids that started it, not that it matters) chose to immediately address the issue publicly, being clear that such behavior was totally unacceptable and would not be tolerated. In Melrose, the administration not only chose not to openly address the issue, they chose to try to cover it up. I suspect we won't see multiple OCR cases arising from the CM/Newton North incident. My conclusion is that you're full of crap.
What about the sausagefest chants by Newton North?