Willington Board of Education - Statement

WILLINGTON BOARD OF EDUCATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 24, 2021

The Willington Board of Education disavows completely the comments made by an individual board member, Elena Testa, at the Board meeting held on September 14, 2021 concerning the Gay Straight Alliance Club at Hall Memorial School.  The Willington Board of Education recognizes the legal right of gay, lesbian, transgender and gender fluid students in its schools to all rights, responsibilities and privileges granted to all students, and to participate in the educational process, including afterschool activities, free of discrimination based upon their gender identities.  These rights and privilege include the right to form school clubs to the same extent and subject to the same rules as all students.  The views expressed by Ms. Testa at the September 14th meeting are hers alone, and in no way reflect the official position of the Willington Board of Education.

Additionally, the Willington Board of Education affirms that the religious views of one or more Board members do not and cannot provide a basis for decisions regarding the practices, policies, goals or operations of the Willington Public Schools.  While any board member is free to both hold and espouse his or her religious beliefs, such beliefs have no role to play in the Board’s decisions about clubs or any other matter.

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