Whittier Tech’s Lynch Says Student Video ‘Offensive and Hurtful;’ Calls for Talks on Racism, Diversity

From left, Patricia Lowell, pupil personnel services director; Superintendent Maureen A. Lynch; and Kara Kosmes, business manager, during an earlier appearance before the Haverhill Education Coalition. (WHAV News file photograph.)

The superintendent of Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School is calling for more discussion about racism, diversity and tolerance after learning of an “offensive and hurtful” video created and shared by students.

Superintendent Maureen A. Lynch said she became aware of the video on the Tik Tok platform Monday morning and that it “trivializes instances of racism and discrimination people of color face every day.” She said she hopes “this moment can act as a learning opportunity from which we can grow.”

“We are disappointed that students felt such a video was appropriate, particularly at this time in our nation’s history, when so many people are working tirelessly to examine and address the historic racism and injustice in our shared past,” Lynch said. She said the school reached out to the parents and guardians of the students.

Lynch said the school is “even more saddened by the deep hurt this video has caused by isolating members of our community and attempting to minimize the discrimination and racism that is unfortunately alive and well today.” She added Whittier Tech “denounces all forms of racism, discrimination and hate” and values diversity.

The superintendent said Whittier had a professional development program on diversity and inclusion two weeks ago with more than 65 staff members. She said the school plans additional training and opportunities for faculty this school year. Lynch lauded student groups, such as the Multicultural Club, that “work to uphold the diverse voices of our community.”

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