SOUTHINGTON -Superintendent of Schools Tim Connellan sent a letter to parents and teachers Thursday after learning about a video supporting violence against minorities allegedly posted on Twitter by a local high school student.
“Early this morning, I was made aware of a video posted on Twitter,” wrote Connellan. “The video was allegedly posted by a student enrolled in the Southington Public Schools. The video in question contains racially inappropriate and highly charged language. It contains sexually explicit, inappropriate language and language implying the support of violence against people of color.”
Connellan said that the matter is under investigation and that he wanted to make parents and teachers aware of it.
“We will be investigating this situation today to determine if there is any involvement of a student or students from Southington High School,” said Connellan. “Since this is new information we are at the very beginning of the investigation. Obviously, it will take some time to ascertain the facts. We have partnered with the Southington Police Department in this effort.”
Connellan stressed that the town’s schools do not condone, support or tolerate the type of language or behavior demonstrated in the video.
“Any student in the Southington Public School District whose behavior is shown to be seriously disruptive of the educational process will experience disciplinary consequences consistent with Board of Education Policy and Regulation and the applicable State and Federal statutes and regulations,” he wrote. “The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prohibits school districts from releasing or sharing personally identifiable student information with third parties without the express written authorization of a student’s parents, legal guardians or a student who is age eighteen.”
Connellan said that, consistent with the requirements of that law, the district will not comment on individual students.
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