The Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's Office will investigate alleged civil rights violations involving students at Boston Latin School.

The office of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced Wednesday its Civil Rights Unit would launch an investigation of events that have led to calls for the firing of headmaster Lynn Mooney Teta.

Last week the ACLU of Massachusetts, the Boston NAACP and others and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, submitted a written complaint to Ortiz's office.
The complaint followed what the groups say is Teta's lax reaction to a non-black student reportedly threatened an African-American classmate and spoke casually of lynching.  

“We will conduct a thorough investigation into the recent complaints about racism at BLS and will go where the facts lead us," Ortiz said in a statement. "Once our investigation is complete, we will share our findings at the appropriate time. I want to thank Mayor Walsh and Superintendent Chang who have pledged their full cooperation in this independent investigation.”