Angry parents aiming to remove Barrington School Committee members

Resident: ‘we’ve mobilized, we’ve organized and we’re coming for your seats’

By Josh Bickford
Posted 2/19/22

An effort is underway to remove members of the Barrington School Committee from office.

During an hour-long public comment period at Thursday night’s school committee meeting, more than a …

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Angry parents aiming to remove Barrington School Committee members

Resident: ‘we’ve mobilized, we’ve organized and we’re coming for your seats’

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An effort is underway to remove members of the Barrington School Committee from office.

During an hour-long public comment period at Thursday night’s school committee meeting, more than a dozen people criticized committee members for a variety of reasons. 

Longtime Barrington resident Brian Hughes shared a statement that pointed to problems with the existing school board and a concerted effort to remove many of the sitting members of the committee.

Following is a portion of Mr. Hughes’s statement:

“We, the people of Barrington, elected the school committee. Those were our votes. This was nobody’s fault besides our own. 

“I have talked with many teachers, administrators, principals and parents over the past few weeks and I shared my frustration as a parent of a six year old girl in the school system, feeling as though my voice has been silenced, and I’m not alone. When the parents are screaming from the rooftops and the very school committee that’s supposed to be protecting them refuses to listen, something is wrong. 

“When our school committee is battling multiple lawsuits, something is wrong.

“When our school committee has to be escorted out of a school committee meeting by four Barrington Police officers, something is wrong.

“When our school committee makes policies that force children to play outside with masks on, something is wrong. 

“When our school committee supports policies that force our children to eat lunch in silence, something is wrong. 

“When our school committee forms multiple task forces and subcommittees… in which the same two members sit on every single committee, something is wrong. 

“When our school committee fires teachers because they choose not to be vaccinated when they teach classrooms full of unvaccinated students, something is wrong. 

“Parents of Barrington, we got complacent. We let our guard down and our children are suffering. 

“Barrington School Committee, make no mistake, we’ve mobilized, we’ve organized and we’re coming for your seats. 

“Administrators, teachers and Patrick (McCrann), help is on the way.”

Tim Twohig, another Barrington parent with children in the schools, expressed his disappointment with the school committee and its decision to fire three unvaccinated teachers. Mr. Twohig, who works as a teacher in another town, spoke to people watching the meeting and directed them to visit the website www.BarringtonParentsUnited.com for resources.

The Barrington Times reached out to Barrington School Committee Chairwoman Gina Bae for a comment. She did not respond.

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