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Tucson Unified School District leadership is calling for civility in the discourse about the former Mexican American Studies classes.
Since the TUSD Governing Board voted in January to comply with the State of Arizona requirement to discontinue the classes or lose $15 million in funding, there has been a troubling escalation of harsh words and actions against and in support of the decision.
Such extreme actions have included death threats to TUSD students, community members and board members, a smoke bomb incident at a public meeting, and visits to the homes of board members with the intent to intimidate.
“Such extreme acts of aggression cannot be tolerated,” says TUSD Superintendent Dr. John Pedicone. “Steps must be taken in order for the community to begin healing. To move toward that goal, we must first establish temperance in the tone of conversation and certainly in the actions taking place since this decision was made.”
District leadership joins with community members who have asked for civility and an end to the extreme tactics and threats being used by some as a course for change.