Broadside: Boston Superintendent goes on the record

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July 10, 2012, 7:17 pm

(NECN) - The superintendent of Boston's public school went on the record after news broke of a school administrator being arrested and briefly jailed for domestic assault.

The story, unearthed by Boston Globe reporters Andrea Estes and James Vaznis, centered around Rodney Peterson, the co-headmaster of the O'Byrant School of Math and Science in Roxbury, and Boston Superintendent Carol R. Johnson.

Peterson ultimately admitted sufficient facts for a guilty finding on the domestic violence described in the police report, and Johnson took no disciplinary action.

On Monday, Broadside host Jim Braude demanded that Johnson be fired for her lack of action, and on Tuesday, Johnson asked to be interviewed in order to go on the record.

In the interview, Johnson tells Braude that she regrets her silence on the issue.

"Well I think that I did make a mistake, and I think that I've heard from people also. I think I reviewed and reflected on what happened," said Johnson. "I started out thinking about this in maybe a legal way too much and not so much thinking about the implications of sending messages to our young people. I think there is nothing more important than sending a message to our students - not just to our young women, but young men - that violence is never acceptable."

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Tags: Boston, Jim Braude, Broadside, Boston public schools, Carol R Johnson, Boston Public Schools superintendent, Rodney Peterson
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