Boston Latin Headmaster Resigns Amidst Racial Controversy

Lynne Mooney Teta had served as headmaster for nearly a decade.

Boston Latin School headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta has resigned following months of racial unrest at the city’s oldest public school.

“After considerable reflection, I have made the decision to step down,” Teta wrote to the Boston Latin community. “This has been a very difficult decision, but one which I believe is in the best interest of our students, faculty and our historic institution.”

Teta was suspended for two days in April after an investigation conducted by the district’s Office of Equity found that schools officials had not adequately addressed some black students and parents’ concerns, including one black female student who was threatened with lynching.

In a Facebook post, BLS B.L.A.C.K., or Black Leaders Aspiring for Change and Knowledge, said its members were “just as shocked as the general public” to learn of Teta’s resignation. The student group first raised concerns over racism at BLS in January.

Teta told community members she was “greatly encouraged by the commitment of students, faculty, families and alumni to collaboratively address issues of racism and discrimination in our community.” Mayor Marty Walsh thanked Teta for her nine years as headmaster and wished her luck.

“I will work with Superintendent [Tommy] Chang to identify the next BLS headmaster to carry on the school’s tradition of academic excellence, while creating a welcoming environment for all,” Walsh said in a statement.