Former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner, subject of racist graffiti, settles with district

July 8, 2015

AMHERST – The Amherst-Pelham Regional School District and former high school math teacher Carolyn Gardner have reached a resolution regarding her employment in the schools.

The details of the settlement were not disclosed.

The lawsuit filed on Gardner’s behalf with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination has been dismissed, said Gardner’s attorney Cynthia Turnbull, of the Northampton office of Sasson, Turnbull, Ryan & Hoose. . . .

“There are no words to express Carolyn Gardner’s gratitude for the outpouring of support she has received these last 21 months,” a statement issued by Turnbull read. “Suffice it to say, the stand she took would not have been possible without those who stood beside her.

“The settlement of this lawsuit ends a dispute within a larger struggle that will endure. Ms. Gardner intends to keep doing her part in that struggle alongside the many wonderful young people who distinguished themselves during this ordeal.”

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