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Heated Exchange between School Board Member and Superintendent

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Board of Education met in executive session Wednesday night to discuss the situation involving alleged sexual abuse of a five year old autistic student at School 67 last fall.

Exchanges were apparently heated, as Board member Ralph Hernandez walked out of the closed door meeting. He was critical of Schools Superintendent James Williams handling of the abuse case.

Williams said he could not comment on what transpired at an executive session.

The board is trying to determine why no action was taken back in November when a School 67 teacher sent a registered letter to Williams. The superintendent signed for the letter as required, but says he did not open it, sending it instead to a school department head.

Williams admitted that mistakes were made and that he has apologized to the victim's family. But he diverted blame to the teacher, School 67 principal and the district's former human resources officer.