Proud Of Republican School Board Members
To the Editor:
Tuesday, May 16th was a sad day for the town of Newtown, for this was the day The Democrat Town Committee, in conjunction with Newtown Allies for Change, chose to use a display of vile aggression and hostility rarely, if ever, seen in our town towards volunteer BOE members.
The conversation about the books was completely overshadowed by the egregious behavior of those the democrats rallied to come out to the meeting. To describe what took place that evening words cannot express, as only those in attendance could truly understand.
We witnessed extreme name calling (names we can’t in good conscience put in print), loud obnoxious disruptions when BOE members tried to speak, laughing and mocking when opposing views were spoken, middle fingers being used toward elected volunteers, hollering, chanting, including one BOE member who actually had an object thrown at them.
The chair had to ask the room to clear after multiple attempts to calm their aggressive behavior, in which they refused to leave. The DTC is aware of public participation rules and decorum and they purposely showed utter lack of regard for these rules. The DTC openly recruited people from out of town to speak and attend the rally they held prior to the meeting. Obviously, the DTC encouraged and endorsed the disrespectful and disruptive behavior that was on full display Tuesday evening.
The Republican BOE members came to the table to offer solutions of compromise for both sides of the argument, however the Democratic members refused to compromise or offer any alternative solutions, which left the vote in deadlock. No matter what the outcome was, this behavior at this meeting was unacceptable and an embarrassment for all of Newtown.
The Newtown Republican Town Committee stands by our elected Republican members of the BOE who have undoubtedly been grappling with this difficult decision for weeks. We are proud of the fact that despite the environment they were subjected to, they maintained their composure and remained committed to working to find a solution to this very difficult issue.
William DeRosa — Chair
Angela Curri — Vice Chair
Michele Buzzi — Secretary
John Madzula 2nd — Treasurer