Planned walkout for expelled Cheshire Academy student draws police presence, but no supporters

Planned walkout for expelled Cheshire Academy student draws police presence, but no supporters

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CHESHIRE — A reported walkout for an expelled Cheshire Academy student didn’t happen on Friday, but there were several police cars at the campus entrance and more patrolling around the property.

The family of a sophomore who say their son was expelled for his political views called for a walkout at 3 p.m. No walkout was visible from the sidewalk around the campus.

The campus was closed to the public on Friday, said David Dykeman, associate head of school. He told reporters they wouldn’t be allowed access to the school, adding Friday was a “normal day of school.”

“There were no demonstrations or walkout of any sort,” Dykeman said. “Our security staff and Cheshire Police were visible only because we knew the recent media reports were attracting some attention and we did not want anyone from off campus interrupting the school day.” 

Police cars were posted at both the South Main Street and Academy Road entrances to the school. Other officers parked in a lot across Academy Road or patrolled on South Main Street. One officer said he hadn’t seen any students demonstrating.

A West Hartford couple, Theodore and Sonia Mancini, have filed suit against the prestigious private school over the expulsion of their sophomore son, claiming the decision was in response to him espousing conservative political views in school. The lawsuit was served to school officials last week

In response to the suit, Julie Anderson, head of school, sent a letter to parents.

"As some of you may be aware, earlier this week, following a fair process, a student was expelled," Anderson wrote. "This student was given a number of chances to adhere to our expectations, and the rules and code of conduct of Cheshire Academy.

The lawsuit alleges breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation and defamation.

The Mancinis posted about the walkout on a website they started to detail their son’s experience.
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