January 29, 2023
Randolph neighborhood discussion board postponed after ‘threatening cellphone calls’
Randolph neighborhood discussion board postponed after ‘threatening cellphone calls’
Attendees at a neighborhood dialogue final week at Randolph Union Excessive Faculty present their help for a transgender volleyball participant on the middle of an argument over that pupil’s use of the ladies locker room. The varsity postponed its second public discussion board after receiving threats. Picture by Darren Marcy/White River Valley Herald

Randolph Union Excessive Faculty is suspending its second public discussion board meant to debate an argument over transgender rights after the district obtained extra threatening cellphone calls.

“In conferring with native legislation enforcement, the district will postpone all RUHS and district stage open boards together with the work session scheduled for tomorrow evening,” Layne Millington, Orange Southwest Faculty District superintendent, introduced to the varsity neighborhood by way of electronic mail on Wednesday afternoon. The discussion board was “designed to have interaction the neighborhood in drawback fixing about these very points.”

Though “there aren’t any credible threats,” Millington stated, “out of an abundance of warning now we have ramped up safety across the district.”

Randolph has grow to be the middle of a global right-wing media firestorm after a narrative revealed by WCAX in September featured a pupil volleyball participant objecting to a transgender teammate’s use of a faculty locker room, which spurred hate speech towards the lady and her household. WCAX has since deleted that story in an try to quell the controversy.

The mom of the transgender pupil informed VTDigger that the household has confronted an onslaught of tranphobic harrasment because the unique story was revealed. 

Final week, 350 folks attended a neighborhood discussion board at Randolph Union to debate the scenario, the White River Valley Herald reported. Millington informed the neighborhood that the district had been flooded with hateful social media posts and voicemails, most initiated by out-of-state teams.

“As a district chief and a Randolph neighborhood member, it’s extremely unhappy to see how some of us select to behave; and to see what any such conduct by adults is modeling for our college students,” Millington wrote. “It’s extraordinarily laborious for the district to create a faculty surroundings free from bullying, harassment, and intimidation, when these are the very behaviors our college students witness from adults each regionally and overseas.”

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