City council, parents call for Fall River superintendent to resign

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) – Some Fall River parents join the call for Superintendent Matthew Malone to step aside after a city council vote for him to resign on Tuesday.

ABC 6 News obtained a letter that appeared to be from Supt. Malone stating that school committee members disciplined him for using “coarse language” and “behaving in a blunt manner towards subordinates,” but goes on to state, “No, I am not resigning.”

“I was disgusted that my kids are in a school system with somebody running it and acting that way,” Fall River parent Chasity Ferro said.

City council members voted 8-0 for Malone to resign after city council president Cliff Ponte says they’ve heard from multiple staff members connected to Malone who accuse him of harassment, which includes using foul language.

Council members also say they want access to a report done by the school committee looking into the allegations against the superintendent.

“He’s taken the position that he used a bad word and he was quote ‘a meanie’ is what he said. If it was just a bad word and he was just ‘a meanie,’ then release the report,” city council president Cliff Ponte said.

Council members called for Malone to resign, but it’s more symbolic. The school committee, however, has the power to fire him.

ABC 6 News reached out to the school committee and Supt. Malone, but didn’t hear back by the time this article was posted.

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