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Howard board chair should have spoken up [Letter]

In a letter to the editor, Howard County Board of Education chair Ellen Flynn Giles claims that school board member Cynthia Vaillancourt's comments on condoms resulted in two high school students being "visibly shaken" and "a palpable silence" to fall in the room ("Howard board right to censure Vaillancourt over condom remark," Oct. 14).

Given those details, I can only assume that Ms. Giles was in the room at the time and made the observations. My question is: What was Ms. Giles' reaction at that moment? Did she speak out?

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As anyone who has received sexual harassment training knows, a supervisor has the responsibility to address such activity as it happens. That is certainly true of the chair of the board of education.

If this incident was as egregious as Ms. Giles believes, and she stood by and did nothing during that "palpable silence," then clearly she is not worthy of being the board's chairperson.

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Chris Krupiarz

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