Buffalo shooting: NY Regents exam canceled for history, government

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On Tuesday, New York State education department officials announced cancellation of New York Regents exam for U.S. history and government.

It was disclosed that the cancellation was due to content “that has the potential to compound student trauma caused by the recent violence in Buffalo.”

According to a letter state education Commissioner Betty Rosa sent to school leaders, the exam, which was previously scheduled for June 1, had already been printed and packaged for shipment to schools.

“It is not possible to produce a test with different content or to make modifications to the developed assessment in the short time period before the administration date,” she wrote.

“To appropriately support our students and their well-being, the Department is canceling the administration of the Regents Examination in United States History and Government.”

The exam which was created two years ago is currently under review by state officials.

This is in an effort to support students across the state following the May 14 Buffalo mass shooting, when a white supremacist targeting Black people opened fire in a supermarket, killing 10.

Although, State education department officials did not immediately answer questions about the concerning content, they unearthed the objectionable materials during the review.

The Board of Regents is expected to vote on an exemption for students who had planned to take the test in June 2022, August 2022, and January 2023.

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