Approximately 11 days after Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination against Mayor Carlo DeMaria, surveillance cameras were allegedly discovered in the ceiling of her office. Tahiliani filed her complaint on January 17 and the cameras were found on January 28.
The mayor expressed his anger about the situation and has since gone to the authorities. “I am extremely disturbed by the allegation, apparently verified, that cameras were found in the office of the Everett School Superintendent. I have given instructions to city officials that an investigation be immediately undertaken to determine how this occurred and who is responsible,” said DeMaria. “However, in order to ensure that such an investigation is as comprehensive as possible, I call upon the Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth and the Middlesex District Attorney to conduct their own investigations, in order that those responsible can be held accountable to the fullest extent provided by law.”
School Committee Member-at-Large Samantha Lambert said she is disheartened by this development. “I am saddened and disturbed that this could occur,” she said. “Until the investigation is complete and we have a full scope of what happened, I cannot comment further.”
Neither Tahiliani nor her attorney, Benjamin Flam, could be reached for comment. Officials from the Attorney General’s Office and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office were also unavailable.