Easthampton to create community relations commission

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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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