Boston's mayor says one of the city's most prestigious schools is ready to move forward in the wake of two top resignations after a school year that has seen controversy.
After meeting with faculty members, Mayor Marty Walsh said Boston Latin School students who spoke up about administrators mishandling racial incidents in the past have started a district-wide conversation about race.
"A lot of people are upset," Walsh said.
Boston Latin School Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta and Assistant Headmaster Malcolm Flynn resigned this week as city and federal officials investigate claims that the school mishandled racial incidents in the past.
In a letter, Flynn reportedly criticized Boston School Superintendent Tommy Chang, saying he failed to defend the school against accusations of racial insensitivity.
Flynn was steadfast in his denial of a toxic atmosphere in the midst of racism allegations at Boston Latin on Thursday.
Faculty and staff members of the oldest public school in the U.S. joined Walsh for his news conference just before noon on Thursday as well, and a few interrupted it to say they wanted Teta and Flynn to come back.
Before meeting with faculty members, Mayor Walsh spoke with necn and said he plans to visit the school and thank the headmaster and assistant headmaster for their service.
He added, "I think there's an opportunity now for us to move forward."
Walsh wants to make the changes the school needs "so the kids feel safe and comfortable."