Ashley Sanchez-Viafara, one of the student representatives at the Alexandria School Board, said she was being called the n word in an online forum discussing race at public schools in Alexandria City.
The school system is in name change process for TC Williams High School and Matthew Maury Elementary School, and the October 7 Student Forum was the second conversation on CSGA’s position on race issues.
The student was called the insult in a chat comment during the online conversation.
“I think there is a need to address what happened in the second conversation with the students, which was unacceptable and extremely hurtful,” Sanchez-Viafara told the school board on Thursday. “We have to make huge changes in CSGA because it was not acceptable, and no student should have to face something so mentally and physically hurt as this. “
Superintendent Gregory Hutchings, Jr. said at the end of the meeting that CSGA must be relentless and shameless to get the name change job done.
“We have to stand up, and we have to look beyond that and we have to understand that there are still people who are just plain ignorant,” Hutchings told the board.
Helen Lloyd, CSGA executive director of communications, said the comment was not made by a student and was about someone with a personal grievance against the school system.