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Retaliation against students should be addressed by school board, administration

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

In your recent story regarding selection classification in athletics, board member Marris said “it is because people are afraid of retaliation against their children on the athletic team and in school” that parents aren't showing up at BOE meetings to express their opinions. I find it very troubling that parents in our community fear retaliation and would like for the BOE, the superintendent, administration and teachers to address this concern.

Healthy discussion regarding how our children are educated and treated should be welcome. Respectful listening of differing opinions will enhance our community. Retaliation against anyone — but especially children — is reprehensible and cannot be tolerated. I urge parents to speak out when there is an issue. I urge the BOE to make sure that retaliation will never be a reason for a parent not to bring a concern to the board.

PAULA DOUGLAS

CAZENOVIA

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