MAHOPAC - Faced with backlash after a series of racially charged tweets circulated on the Internet, the Mahopac school district is taking steps to repair the damage.
Superintendent Thomas Manko announced the formation of a task force at Tuesday night's regularly scheduled school board meeting. "We want to teach our students, what you did was wrong, why you can't do that again and give them ways to properly express themselves," says Manko.
Parents took to the podium hoping to use the negative cloud facing the district as a teaching tool. "I've dealt with it for four years and it does exist here but we have met some beautiful families here, it's not reflective of the nature [of the] town but it needs to be improved," says parent Sherry Grimes-Jenkins.
A series of derogatory tweets hit the internet after a playoff basketball game between the boys’ teams from Mahopac and Mount Vernon with some referring to Mount Vernon players as “jungle animals” with the hashtag #MountVernonzoo. Eight Mahopac students were subsequently suspended.