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To our Beloved Family and Community,
We want to first thank everyone who has been speaking out, and being active in this process so far. We are outraged that this has happened at a school in our community! This Tuesday we were made aware A.P. Government Teacher Mr. Fred Driscoll went into detailed explanation of how to make and use a noose “the right way”. Driscoll can be heard saying “the knot has to be between the right vertebrae so it snaps your neck and kills you automatically”. This heinous “lesson” was recorded and was heard by many parents, community members, students and faculty of the school. Hearing Youth Voices organized a meeting of organization members, students and parents with New London High School Principal Thompson and Science and Tech Magnet School Director Texidor, and Superintendent Ritchie to voice our justified outrage. The meeting ended with the decision to open an investigation on Fred Driscoll regarding this incident.
We want to share that this is not the first time Driscoll has taught this lesson in this insensitive fashion. In a previous unnerving lesson he has even gone as far as handing out an instructional guide, a how-to for noose-making, referring to lynching as “an art form.” Historically, lynching was used as an extrajudicial means to murder Black people and was undoubtedly the acts of mobs to exercise hate and anti-blackness. In October of this year, a young man of St. Louis and son of a Ferguson, Missouri activist was found hanging from a tree. This is unacceptable then and it is now. Making light of it in a class of predominantly Black and brown students can be seen as nothing less than harmful.
We want him gone! It is imperative this is seen for exactly what it is and acted upon effectively! We know this is not an isolated incident and we need the stories, no matter how old. Going forward we need to continue to share this and reach out so this is not overlooked or underestimated. We need to ensure the safety and comfort of all students in his classroom and in the school. There is no justice or peace in silence.
Hearing Youth Voices
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Fate unclear for teacher whose explanation of noose led to uproar
By Greg Smith, The Day, Published October 31, 2018
New London teacher's reported talk about noose disturbs many
By Tina Detelj, WTNH, Published Oct 31, 2018