Reeling from an avalanche of negative criticism, the New Rochelle Board of Education has called a special session to deal with the censorship crisis that has enveloped the district for the better part of a week.
The Committee of the Whole Meeting originally scheduled for the tiny Carew Room at City Hill has been moved to the much larger Linda E. Kelly Theater in the “new wing” at New Rochelle High School. District officials are expecting a capacity crowd. Students and alumni from the high school have announced plans to protest the actions of the the school and print, TV and radio media outlets are expected to be on hand.
Among those expected to voice their concerns is Tara Baltazar, a former Editor-in-Chief of the Huguenot Herald and long time New Rochelle resident.
“If this happened in my day, I’d personally boycott the class,
stage a rally of some sort and mobilize the entire student body to
protest this,” Baltazar told Talk of the Sound. “In my view, the teachers or the parties responsible for tearing out the pages should be held accountable in some form–perhaps by suspension without pay.”
In a prepared statement first issued on Wednesday, then published on the school district web site today, the Board announced the extra session will be held immediately following the COW meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday at 7:30 at City Hall.
Members of the Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday evening, December 16, 2008, at 8:30 p.m., preceded by a Committee of the Whole Session at 7:30 p.m. at New Rochelle High School, Linda E. Kelly Theater (entrance on Braemar Avenue – off North Avenue), 265 Clove Road, New Rochelle, New York.
The District came under fire from bloggers and traditional media outlets from around the world when news spread that school officials had literally torn pages from 90 copies of Susanna Kaysen’s best-selling memoir Girl, Interrupted which was later made into an Academy Award winning movie starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie who won the Oscar for best-supporting actress.