City leaders said Thursday they would not reject resignations from two top officials at the prestigious Boston Latin School.
Both BLS Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta and then Malcolm Flynn, assistant headmaster, announced they would step down this week, amid scrutiny of the racial climate at the exam school that has included a student-led social media campaign and city and federal investigations.
Faculty had called on Mayor Marty Walsh and Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang not to accept their resignations, but Walsh said in a news conference that his administration was instead looking to the future.
“Our intention is to continue the greatness and excellence that happens at this school,” Walsh said. “As I said, even this year, a difficult year for a lot of people, 410 graduates graduated, the largest graduating class in the history of this school. The expectation is to keep up the strong rigor in this school.”
At that point, Zita Cousins, a BLS guidance counselor, leaned in to the microphone he was using and announced: “We do not want the headmaster or Mr. Flynn to resign.”
Outside the school, faculty made a vocal stand, chanting, “BLS! BLS!”