Parents say Randolph BOE's Columbus Day changes come at the 'expense of Italians'

May 22, 2021 396

BY: Jessie Gomez

Randolph school officials are facing backlash from parents after their decision to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day. Last week, the Randolph Board of Education passed a resolution to make the change, a move parents said is "unacceptable" and was done without community input. 

"The way in which the BOE passed the resolution was unacceptable and nefarious," said Franco Piarulli, a student's parent. "I would rather the school systems throughout the country portray a balanced picture of Columbus. He did a lot of good and I think the villain part of him is really out of context." 

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