Who is Lisa Dana? Lisa Dana is a superintendent of Danvers high school who is recently facing allegations of racist, homophobic behavior and a text chain from the 2010-2020.
Danvers hockey team continue to cause major issues for the school district, leading some to call for the resignation of Lisa Dana from Superintendent post.
Calls for Danvers superintendent to resign
At a controversial school committee meeting Monday night, some parents spoke out against the district administration over the issue. Others defended the hockey team, and the committee went into executive session with a request to keep board member Dana on administrative leave.
“I do not trust the committee or the superintendent, and I want them to resign,” said one upset parent.
At the beginning of the meeting, board member Robin Doherty made a motion to place Dana on administrative leave. The committee held a closed door meeting for about twenty minutes before reconvening.
The Boston Globe reported Saturday, more than a year ago, in June 2020, that a varsity hockey player reported to police and school officials that he had been intercepted by a pair of his classmates the previous season. Another hit the player in the face with a plastic sex toy after the team refused to shout racist slurs as part of locker room rituals. The whole team is white.
Alleged actions Members of the Part Sessions team called “Hard R Fridays”, “R” stands for the last letter of the n-word.
Head varsity hockey coach, a police sergeant has resigned from his post.
School officials have identified cultural aspects of high school. They said the Department of Attorneys, Police, Children and Families Department was investigating the meeting Monday night.
A committee member has defended the school district’s actions over the past year.
“If you think we’ve done nothing about it for a year and a half, we took it lightly, or as some have said we brushed it off, wiped it under the rug, it’s the worst bunch,” said Arthur Scurmies, a school committee member.
According to the Globe, town leaders have compiled two investigative reports on the issue and commissioned another but have not yet informed the public about specific allegations or text chain details.
At Monday night’s meeting, a committee member said what could be released and they also agreed to some content in the text chain.
“The things students say in the chat group are inappropriate,” said Eric Crane, chairman of the Danvers School Committee.
Crane said not only schools but also urban problems are emerging.
A special meeting will be held in the town on Monday.