Wayland schools superintendent files discrimination complaint

WAYLAND, Mass — Nearly two months after becoming the alleged target of racist graffiti, the Wayland Schools Superintendent is filing a discrimination complaint.

The Wayland School Committee was unable to specify the allegations but says Superintendent Omar Easy filed a formal complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

“As this is a pending legal matter, we are unable to comment on the specific allegations. However, the School Committee wishes to reiterate that the Wayland Public Schools seeks to foster a welcoming, inclusive, anti-racist environment; our actions have and will continue to demonstrate a commitment to those principles,” said the school committee in a Saturday statement. “We are asking the members of our school community for their patience during this time.”

On December 21, Wayland police discovered racist graffiti painted on the Wayland Community Pool building. Police said someone painted the word “Omar” alongside a racial slur.

Wayland’s acting police chief, Ed Burman, said in December investigators were consulting with the Anti-Defamation League of New England.

Easy had previously been the target of an investigation by the school committee over allegations he used intimidating language in a meeting with school administrators in October. The former NFLer-turned-Superintendent denied the charges.

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