Thursday, October 18, 2012

From the Comment Section: The Daily Item

In a recent Daily Item article, there was discussion about Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy was looking to the federal government for assistance with the influx of unaccompanied minors moving into the city of Lynn and entering the school system. On the online version of the paper, what has come to be typical Item commenter remarks on this sort of topic were made including the following by user concerned56786:

Now Connery School is having a night for parents where they will tell these people about services in Lynn and where they get can get help. This will be at the cost of people who are required to pay taxes. We know these people are not paying anything. Teachers are required to be there to assist. Translator will be around as well. Come on, do we have to give these people all these services?

FACT CHECK: This remark, however, is not entirely accurate. Yes, the Connery School is hosting a resource fair for community members, but this fair is being sponsored by the Lynn Community Association (LCA), not the city or school system. Furthermore, teachers will be on site, not because they are required to assist with the fair, but because this event is being held the same night as Connery's parent-teacher night; if translators are present, it is likely for this reason as well. Additionally, this event is open to all in the community (even non-immigrants and those who pay taxes).

The 2012 LCA Resource Fair will be held at Connery Elementary (50 Elm St) on Tuesday, October 23 from 6 - 8pm. Admission is free for all. For more information, see:

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