Police investigating racial slur, ‘vile language’ that disrupted online learning at two Needham schools – News – Wicked Local

“These were cowardly, contemptible, and despicable acts that caused a significant disruption but will not detract from our learning or undermine our values of respect, equity, and community,” said Superintendent of Needham Public Schools Dan Gutekanst.

Needham police are investigating incidents involving “racist, ugly, and hurtful language and taunts” and a racial slur used by an elementary school student that disrupted remote learning instruction at two Needham schools this week.

Superintendent of Needham Public Schools Dan Gutekanst notified the school community of the “hate-filled” incidents in an email sent around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

On Monday and Tuesday, “an unknown person or persons managed to get into several Zoom sessions and disrupt classrooms at Pollard [Middle School] with racist, ugly, and hurtful language and taunts,” Gutekanst wrote; adding a description of a second incident at Sunita L. Williams Elementary School involving a student who directed a racial slur toward another student

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Nonprofit aims to help special needs students disrupted by COVID-19 “earthquake”

A new approach to teaching students with special needs is taking shape as students around the country return to some form of schooling. With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing unique challenges already, experts fear children that need more intensive educational support are in danger of being left behind.

“He doesn’t have much receptive language. And he was starting to understand small things,” New York mother Kristen Teodoro told CBS News’ Jamie Wax. “He was starting to want to participate in group activities, which he’d never really wanted to do. And then COVID happened.”

Teodoro, whose 5-year-old son Hudson is on the autism spectrum, turned her concern into action and founded Hudson’s Helping Hands.” The nonprofit offers support to children with special needs by encouraging socialization and engagement within a group setting. For health and safety, temperature checks are performed at the entrance, all parents are required to wear masks and group

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