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Unfortunate reference to children as ‘illegals’

These interesting, dynamic, engaged young humans have no say in the matter where they live and what their citizenship status is.

To the editor:

I am really disappointed to read that Charles Williamson used the term “illegals” at last night’s Great Barrington Town Meeting when referring to the children of our school district. I feel ashamed for our community that a community member would speak that way about its youngest members.

I have worked at Muddy Brook Elementary for almost three years. These interesting, dynamic, engaged young humans have no say in the matter where they live and what their citizenship status is. They are CHILDREN.  Please have some compassion, Mr. Williamson, when talking about them. 

Kristin Piasecki

West Stockbridge

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