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Canadian Schools Also Ignoring Parental Complaints About Anti-Gay Bullying?

That Canadian It Gets Better video arrives just in time: School administrators are accused of ignoring anti-gay bullying there too: “Despite parental complaints spanning two years, the Surrey school district did nothing about homophobic taunting, bullying and assaults on a mentally challenged 12-year-old girl, a complaint accepted with the BC Human Rights Tribunal alleges. The girl’s father alleges Surrey’s Erma Stephenson Elementary School discriminated against her in the provision of a service customarily provided to the public, on the basis of mental and physical disability, contrary to the province’s Human Rights Code. … The father alleges three students made “derisive, insulting” comments to his daughter, including calling her a lesbian since 2008. His daughter, referred to simply as T in court documents, has cerebral palsy and a mental disability.”

By:           max simon
On:           Nov 5, 2010
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  • 4 Comments
    • Alex Duffy
      Alex Duffy

      If you’re interested in learning more about issues regarding LGBTQ youth and education in Canada, check out MyGSA.ca – Canada’s National Safer Schools and Inclusive Education website. There you’ll find Canadian Stats as well as strategies and resources for LGBTQ youth, educators, parents, and allies interested in making change!

      Nov 5, 2010 at 3:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran
      Kieran

      We’re also in a bit of a Conservative back-cycle lately…people are tired of “political correctness”

      Nov 6, 2010 at 12:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hue-Man
      Hue-Man

      Surrey, BC, (Vancouver suburb) school board is also known for banning gay books and books that encourage tolerance of differences (in a city with a large Sikh population).

      * Asha’s Mums (ISBN 0-88961-143-2 copyright 1990)
      * Belinda’s Bouquet (ISBN 1-55583-154-0 copyright 1991)
      * One Dad Two Dads Brown Dad Blue Dads (ISBN 1-555883-253-9 copyright 1994)

      The Canadian Supreme Court (2002) ruled that the school board could not impose religious views to ban school books. Sadly, the bigots haven’t learned their lesson.

      Nov 6, 2010 at 3:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE
      MikeE

      The headline is pure sensationalism.
      It’s “A” Canadian school.
      Not Canadian “SchoolS”.

      This is exactly the sort of “newscasting” I’d expect from Faux News network

      Nov 7, 2010 at 2:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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