• Superintendent says 'whiteout' T-shirt fundraiser is racially 'insensitive,' shuts it down

    By: Boston25News.com

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    There's controversy in Weymouth, Massachusetts, after a school superintendent shut down a high school fundraiser.

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    "Whiteouts" are popular fan events in college football, the NHL and the MLB. Last month, the San Diego Padres wore solid white uniforms when they played the Boston Red Sox. 


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    But in Weymouth, the superintendent sent out a letter saying the girls' soccer team's plans for a whiteout T-shirt fundraiser were racially "insensitive."

    "That doesn't really make sense," said Weymouth High School junior Victoria Wedolowska. 

    "It's just a color. It's just a T-shirt," said junior Mary Romano. 

    Students and parents are still reacting to the letter that went out Friday. Superintendent Jennifer Curtis-Whipple wrote, "We learned … a private booster group supporting women’s soccer is selling insensitive apparel … While we are not suggesting this booster group had any malicious intent—make no mistake, words matter … They have done great work in the past, even though they made a mistake here."

    The letter was sent to 7,000 people, but the school district would not provide WFXT a copy. 

    The letter created an uproar. The Weymouth mayor called it an "overreach," while a parent said they were furious and hurt the superintendent would imply the fundraiser had racial undertones. 

    Weymouth residents don't get it, either. 

    "They're blowing it out of proportion. I don't think it's racist at all," said Susan McNally. 

    "You can’t have a white shirt. You can’t have any kind of colors. You can’t say anything anymore that offends anybody," said Bob Stellar. 

    A concerned parent said: "They did this in the purest form of a fundraiser and it was taken down a different path. What the parents want is for this to go away. It’s bad.” 

    WFXT tried to reach the superintendent Wednesday, but she would not make herself available. 


     

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