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To: Boston Public Schools
Petition to the Timilty Middle School & Boston Public Schools: Sex Education & Counselors NOW!
Mandatory sex and consent education at the Timilty Middle School and all BPS schools
Training for staff and administrators on sexual assault at Timilty Middle School and all BPS schools
The Timilty School and all schools in the BPS system must hire licensed school counselors to meet the America School Counselor Association’s guidelines of at least one counselor for every 250 students. This would mean at least two counselors at the Timilty School, which currently has none.
Please sign this petition demanding that BPS meet these demands. We deserve a better BPS, one that is anti-sexist and doesn’t tolerate rhetoric about “boys being boys” to justify sexual assault, harassmnet, and other harmful things to our children’s development.
Sex Education at BPS!
All Schools Deserve Counselors!
Why is this important?
Andira Ture is a Cape Verdean mother and activist whose 11-year-old son attends James P. Timilty Middle School in Roxbury. In two separate incidents on school grounds this past year, students sexually harassed and assaulted her son.
The Timilty School and other schools in the Boston Public School (BPS) system have a history of sexual misconduct and a culture of disregard for sexual assault that goes beyond Ture’s son’s experience. Former dean of students at the Timilty School was arrested for statutory rape of a student in 2020, and a former teacher at the Timilty School pleaded guilty this December to raping a 12-year-old student starting in 1996.
The Timilty is closing this year, but we know this issue is bigger than just one school: we need sex education and counselors NOW! We are asking parents, students, and teachers to join us in demanding better of BPS!
Read an interview with Andira Ture here:https://www.liberationnews.org/11-year-old-sexually-assaulted-at-school-mother-fights-for-justice-how-am-i-gonna-trust-them-to-teach-my-son/
How it will be delivered
We will deliver them via a press conference.