First Selectman Beth Heller began the November 13, 2018 Board of Selectmen meeting with a brief statement regarding news reports of Amity students speaking out against anti-Semitic behaviors. Her full statement is posted below, or you may view this portion of the meeting video by clicking the link below.
Statement from Woodbridge First Selectman Beth Heller
November 13, 2018
"I read in this morning’s newspaper about Amity High School students speaking out at a Board of Education meeting last night about incidences of anti-Semitic and other forms of hate speech they have experienced in our community and our schools.
I am heartbroken to hear their first-hand reports of a rise in such intolerant behavior. At the same time I am very proud of these young people for speaking up. The first step is to shine a light on the problem. The next step will be for the Amity Board of Education and the School Administration and Faculty to take actions appropriate to meet this challenge.
I will state firmly: There is no place for anti-Semitism or any other type of intolerance in any community. Hate will not find a home in Woodbridge. I assure all residents that I will do everything necessary to uphold our community’s values and our equal rights to be free from harassment and bias incidents.
We will send a strong message that our community does not accept behavior that harms, intimidates, or targets anyone. I speak as your First Selectman to say: we will not tolerate intolerance."
— Woodbridge First Selectman Beth Heller