Dozens gathered outside the Mount Vernon Board of Education, Tuesday, April 19th to rally against the rising violence in the district’s schools and call for the resignation of the Superintendent and school administrators who they say are aware of the problem and have done little to prevent it. The group held a press conference just before a scheduled school board meeting calling for accountability after the killing of 16-year-old Kayla Green. The problems that were not addressed in school violently spilled out into the streets of Mount Vernon following a citywide motorcade and celebration for the MVHS Men’s Basketball team’s 12th state championship.
After the press conference, the group went inside to join others who were scheduled to speak at the school board meeting to get their concerns on the record. Speakers included Jesse Van Lew of Save Mount Vernon who was issued a cease-and-desist letter from the council of superindents. See videos of some of the speakers below.
Greg Bonaparte speaks of sending emails to the superintendent and the entire school board before the incident that went ignored
Dwayne Murray, Assistant Coach for the renowned Mount Vernon HS Boys Varsity Basketball who just won their 12th State Championship
Former Mayor Richard W. Thomas reads statement from Kayla Green’s family
The press conference ended with a closing prayer from Rev. Dr. Lynne Middleton Senior Pastor at Faithful Word Ministries in Mount Vernon