State of the State: Racism and “The Aaron Thomas Affair”
Host Richard August and guests Jim McGwin and Megan Reilly focus on two topics of concern involving the North Kingstown School Department. One relates to a study to evaluate if systemic racism exists in the local school system. The other relates to allegations of sexual abuse of students by a faculty member, described herein as “The Aaron Thomas Affair.” Complaints regarding the latter date back to 2016 with little or no action taken by the school department officials on behalf of students who may have been abused. This interview is alarming on multiple levels involving various adults who seem to have failed to protect students in their care.