City High School To Reopen Today
Racism Seminars Will Be Offered
Clergymen, plainclothes police officers and well-known elementary school teachers will be on hand for the opening of school today at Cambridge's Rindge and Latin High School, closed since the stabbing death of a student there a week ago.
Officials closed the school last Monday after a white student was killed and another injured in a fight with several black students.
Although officials feared outbreaks of racial violence would result, the city has been calm since the incident.
A group of black and white students met Saturday on neutral ground at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to discuss ways to reduce racial tensions at the school, located one block east of Harvard Yard on Broadway.
Students and teachers at the conference made "an iron-clad agreement" not to talk about the proceedings, superintendent William Lannon said yesterday, but the meeting did vote to release a series of "recommendations" for the school.
They included seminars on racism for parents and students, the creation of a single student union to represent all groups (the school currently has a black student union), and a series of elementary school programs on racial awareness.
On Friday, hundreds of students and neighbors attended a funeral mass at Sacred Heart Church in East Cambridge for Anthony Colosimo, 17, who was killed in the fight. William Graham, 18, remained in fair condition Sunday night at Cambridge City Hospital, a hospital spokesman said last night.
A student will be arraigned on January 18 on charges of murder in connection with the incident.
Teachers and school administration worked out a series of increased security measures while the school was closed last week.
Clergymen, Not Cops
Although uniformed police will be standing by near the campus in case of trouble, Lannon said yesterday that "I want the students to see clergymen, not cops, when they get off the bus."
Six or seven plainclothes police officers will patrol the halls of the school, and popular teachers from elementary schools, whom administrators says they hope will be able to control students, will be stationed around the building.
"The kids have been terrifically shaken by the incident, but they've come through spectacularly," Lannon said yesterday.
Short and Sweet
Harvard, in a one-paragraph statement released Friday, lauded city leaders and residents for their reaction to the stabbing.