SOURCE: Connecticut Science Center

March 01, 2013 10:37 ET

Statement From CT Science Center

Rep. Hewett's Remarks at Public Hearing

HARTFORD, CT--(Marketwire - Mar 1, 2013) - The following statement may be attributed to Matt Fleury, President & CEO of the Connecticut Science Center
Re: Rep. Hewett's remarks at Public Hearing

A participant in one of the Connecticut Science Center's youth programs volunteered to testify on the Science Center's behalf at a recent public hearing. I was in the audience with her and her mother and grandmother.

She spoke effectively, after which there were some affirming comments from members of the panel. Neither the student, her family members nor I clearly heard Representative Hewett's comment and we were unaware that anything that could be perceived as offensive had been said until reading news accounts. 

Tonight I called Representative Hewett, who emphatically apologized. We believe him to be sincere. We have passed his apology on to the student, and she has accepted it.

We are honoring her desire to maintain her privacy.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Tracy Shirer
    Director of Marketing & PR
    Connecticut Science Center
    Phone: (860) 520-2116