The chaotic, back and forth audience discussion of Sept. 20 came to an abrupt halt at 7:30 p.m. when it was announced that the meeting would cease and everyone would have leave Clarence High School library. According to the Bee, this was the place where the session was held.
The School Board held an online special meeting on Sept. 23 to discuss agenda items, including hiring decisions that were not discussed at the meeting three day earlier.
Fuchs read a statement at the beginning of the September 23 meeting in which he apologized to district residents, especially those who attended the earlier meeting or followed masking rules for the premature termination of the session.
The work of the board was “interrupted by those who had no interest in the agenda for the evening proceeding,”He said.
Schools boards across the country are becoming battlegrounds for those who are unhappy about vaccine requirements and masking. Attorney General Merrick Garland directed the FBI and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to meet in the next 30 days with federal, state, Tribal, territorial and local law enforcement leaders to discuss strategies for addressing harassment, intimidation and threats of violence toward school board members, teachers and workers.
New York State School Boards Association stated that it is working to provide school boards with tools to diffuse anger and upset.