Boston Latin disciplines student for offensive #BlackAtBLS posts

  Boston Latin School.
Boston Latin School. –Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe

In yet another racial incident at the prestigious public school, Boston Latin School disciplined a student who wrote three “highly offensive” posts on social media using the #BlackAtBLS hashtag, the school’s administrator wrote in a letter to the community.

Boston Latin School officials and Boston Police investigated the posts and determined that the writer was a student.

“We are moving forward with appropriate action,” said Lynne Mooney Teta, BLS headmaster. “BLS will not condone hateful, racially­ motivated incidents of any nature.”

The #BlackAtBLS hashtag, created in January by two black students at the school, had been used to bring attention to incidents of racial animosity at the school and what students said was the administration’s unwillingness to take these issues seriously. The incident sparked an investigation by the district, which admonished Boston Latin officials. A separate investigation by the Civil Rights Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office is currently underway.

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Boston Public Schools declined in a statement to provide further details but said that the BLS administration “dealt with this matter accordingly through the BPS student code of conduct.”

“BLS leaders and students are actively working in collaboration to create a respectful, safe and supportive learning environment for all students,” BPS said.

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