There's a new push to curb racial and bias incidents in Easthampton.
On Wednesday night, the city council held a public hearing to create a new community relations commission.
This all comes after a state investigation found evidence of bias-related issues at the high school.
The meeting is just getting started here a few moments ago.
The focus remains on making sure there is tolerance and acceptance of all kinds.
The mayor and police chief put together a proposal to create an eleven member team called the community relations commission.
This comes after a state investigation that found bias-related issues at Easthampton High School.
The Attorney General’s Office received complaints accusing the school of improperly handling bias-related incidents.
The report noted that an incident happened after a student sent out a series of racist Snapchat messages.
Later, a student flew a confederate flag from his vehicle in the school parking lot. Soon after another student began wearing a confederate flag sweatshirt to school.
The school committee temporarily banned confederate flags, but now the city council is looking to open up the dialogue to ensure a safe and welcoming community.
The meeting was held at 6 p.m. at the Easthampton Municipal Building.
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