Police say that extra college students of a Catholic highschool in Pickering have come ahead saying their yearbook quotes had been tampered with after a younger Black man discovered that his tribute to his grandmother had been changed with a racist remark.
After the feedback had been discovered earlier this month, all college students at St. Mary Catholic Secondary Faculty had been requested to return their yearbooks to the college on the principal’s request.
Upon doing so, police mentioned that at the very least 9 college students reported that their submitted quotations had been additionally modified with out their information.
Of the opposite quotations “tampered” with, one had racist overtones, police mentioned.
Investigators additionally say feminine pupil was criticized over her “physique picture” and a male pupil was focused for his college grades.
“These 9 college students had been a mix of feminine and male, from varied cultural backgrounds,” police mentioned in a news release issued on Friday.
The investigation started after the Durham District Catholic Faculty Board contacted police in regards to the racial slur revealed beside the of highschool graduate Joshua Telemaque, which they described as “hurtful” and “malicious.”
His aunt took to Fb over the weekend to precise her anger and frustration over the edit, which noticed Telemaque’s submitted yearbook entry honouring his late grandmother modified to a racist phrase referencing Harambe, the gorilla that was shot on the Cincinnati zoo in 2016.
Telemaque informed CTV Information Toronto that he couldn’t “describe the amount of hurt” he felt after he picked up his copy and regarded inside.
“I felt destroyed and heartbroken. It affected me in a number of methods, however it’s simply one thing that I do not need anybody to really feel,” he mentioned on the time.
Police say they haven’t but decided who’s liable for tampering with the quotes and mentioned that officers with the West Division Legal Investigations Bureau (CIB) have been talking with members of school and college students.
“Our investigation continues and we wish to communicate with anybody who is aware of the individual(s) accountable,” police mentioned.
Anybody with data is requested to contact D/Cst. MacKinnon at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2529.
Durham District Catholic Faculty Board mentioned they’re unable to touch upon the event, citing the lively police investigation.