KILLINGLY, Conn. (WTNH) — Dozens of parents have filed a complaint with the state against the Killingly Board of Education. Several testified in front of the State Board of Education Wednesday, asking for assistance to help the students in town who have mental health issues.
Many parents and students in Killingly wanted to have a school-based health center at the town’s high school, which would offer behavioral and mental health services.
”I was scared if I told people I was so depressed they would think of me differently. I had no support the first year or two and I wanted to die,” said Julianna Morrissette, a senior.
They say that is even more important during the pandemic and conducted a survey of seventh through 12th graders, many of whom reported wanting to hurt or kill themselves. But parents say the board ignored or doubted those results.
“14.7 percent, seventy kids had seriously considered committing suicide and had made a plan,” said Christine Cicchetti, a parent.
The school department had asked Generations Family Health Center to submit a proposal to operate the school-based health center.
It would have been at no cost to the school district, however, the Killingly Board of Education voted down the proposal last month. Now, parents are taking action.
“Imagine the additional trauma that our students experienced when the Killingly Board of Education Chairperson Janice Joly questioned their honesty in a public meeting for all to see,” said Christina Rosati Randall, a parent.
The March 16 Board of Education meeting where these comments were reportedly made is no longer available for viewing online.
News 8 reached out to the chairperson of the Board of Education to get reaction to this complaint and these concerns but have not yet heard back.
The State Board of Education will review the complaint to determine if an investigation is necessary. That could take anywhere from two weeks to two months.