BOSTON — The Boston School Committee wants a little more civility from the public at its meetings.
The committee is drafting a code of conduct that could include bans on cheering, heckling, prolonged clapping, signs and props.
The board is considering the new rules in the wake of what it considers an alarming breakdown in decorum at recent meetings.
At a meeting late last year, one audience member repeatedly screamed “liar” at Superintendent Carol Johnson as she explained her reasons for school closings. Someone brought a fake coffin and tombstone to a March meeting.
Critics of the proposed policy say it’s an attempt to stifle free speech
But board Chairman Gregory Groover tells The Boston Globe that anger can be expressed in a respectful way.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe