On April 12, 2022, WFSB published an article and video about the Connecticut Board of Education looking into Killingly’s school board after receiving complaints from parents.
KILLINGLY, CT (WFSB) - Connecticut’s Board of Education it is looking into Killingly’s school board in the wake of a controversy involving a declined mental health facility for students.
According to a letter from Commissioner of Education Charlene Russell-Tucker to Killingly Board of Education vice-chair Norm Ferron, the state board received a complaint alleging that the Killingly board failed to implement the education interests of the State of Connecticut.
The complaint, which was submitted on behalf on a number of Killingly residents, was submitted on April 5.
The basis said Killingly’s board:
...failed to fulfill the educational interests of the State of Connecticut by failing to provide the minimum services and supports necessary to deal with the social, emotional and mental health needs of the students at Killingly High School. --Complaint submitted to CT Dept. of Education
It came in response to the Killingly board’s rejection of a free school-based mental health center, parents argued.
The complaint cited a Nov. 2021 survey by SERAC that said 14.7 percent of the 477 students who responded admitted to making a suicide plan and that 28.2 percent had thoughts of hurting themselves.
Parents went before the state board on April 6 to plead their case.