Carmel school officials lay out plan to improve safety, culture in response to racist TikTok videos

At Tuesday's meeting, the board got an update on the district's plan to improve safety and community after the racist TikTok videos this winter and the threats since.

News 12 Staff

Apr 12, 2023, 2:18 AM

Updated 414 days ago

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School officials gave an update on district efforts to improve culture, climate, and safety in response to racist TikTok videos Carmel students posted in February.
Parents spoke at board meetings, held a protest and asked the state Attorney General's Office to review what happened.
Amidst all that, the superintendent has presented plans for change, but parents say they need more and faster.
Abigail Santana keeps coming back as the Carmel Board of Trustees asks her and others to do.
At Tuesday's meeting, the board got an update on the district's plan to improve safety and community after the racist TikTok videos this winter and the threats since.
First, the board heard from five parents who say they see some progress, but so much more needs to be done, especially before one of the students behind the TikTok videos returns from suspension.
The Board responded to each parent, assuring them they care.
The steps the superintendent gave an update on include nearing the start of an anonymous alert system, several staff training opportunities and a community dialogue on race through the Department of Justice
The board offered some constructive criticism to those updates. Tor example, they want to see more mandatory sessions for all students.
The district is also getting a quote for a panic button type program the sheriff wants to implement in all districts.
Carmel has retained security consulting company Altaris, which other districts in the area use, including Yonkers.


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