Mayor: Students Will Not Be Suspended

Reaction is continuing following a  controversial student assembly at Holyoke High School on Friday. 

Some  walked out after a student performed a spoken-word poem about her Puerto  Rican heritage and the struggles of being a minority in the U.S.   

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse released a statement on Facebook on Tuesday  saying the piece was thought-provoking and came from a place of deep  thought and feeling from the student. 

He said both the student who wrote  the poem and those who objected should have the right to express their  beliefs, and that adults outside the school have an obligation to be  role models and not direct hateful words or threatening language at the  students. 


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