Bullying victim’s mom, Sirdeaner Walker, seeks school post

SPRINGFIELD — Sirdeaner L. Walker, whose 11-year-old son Carl Walker-Hoover committed suicide in the spring after complaining he was bullied at school, is running for the School Committee.

Walker, 44, is among four candidates seeking to represent District 2 on the seven-member committee. It is Walker’s first run for public office.

Walker said she was prompted to run after testifying before a congressional subcommittee about the death of her son, Carl J. Walker-Hoover, a sixth-grader at New Leadership Charter School who hanged himself in April. Walker said her son had complained of persistent bullying before his death.

“I am concerned with the future of our children and the safety of our schools,” Walker said. “No matter what ward you live in, strong, accountable leadership is critical to make our schools safe.” Full story.

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