A Pickering Catholic college has launched an investigation after “hurtful and racist” feedback have been revealed subsequent to a scholar’s yearbook photograph.
In a letter to college students and employees on Sunday, St. Mary Catholic Secondary College Principal Susan Duane mentioned they have been horrified to find the feedback within the 2019-2020 yearbook.
“These feedback have been malicious, hurtful and racist in nature. These feedback aren’t a mirrored image of our mission, imaginative and prescient or values as a Catholic studying atmosphere,” Duane mentioned.
“We sincerely apologize to the varsity group for the offensive, hurtful and unacceptable nature of those feedback.”
The letter was launched someday after the aunt of a scholar on the college posted to social media a couple of racial slur printed beside of her nephew.
In accordance with the Fb put up, the unique yearbook entry was about her nephew honouring his late grandmother for “guiding me by my 4 years of highschool.”
As a substitute, what was revealed beneath his title has “eternally ruined” his reminiscence of his time on the college, his aunt Mayma Raphael mentioned in her post.
A racist phrase referencing a gorilla that received shot at a Cincinnati zoo was printed subsequent to her nephew’s commencement photograph.
Raphael famous that her nephew had been known as a monkey and was bullied by a few of the college students.
She mentioned she “by no means thought that they’d have taken it this far.”
Joshua is devastated, embarrassed, damage, and upset, Raphael mentioned.
“This merciless act echoes the various incidences of racism that many Black Canadian youngsters expertise all through their time within the training system,” the put up reads.
“The varsity must take motion to get this case fastened. Our youngsters are struggling manner an excessive amount of.”
For his or her half, the principal mentioned the varsity, in collaboration with Durham police, shall be trying into the incident to make sure these accountable are held accountable.
Duane famous that the people who produced the yearbook shall be topic to disciplinary motion.
The varsity held a diploma/yearbook/awards drive-thru pickup on Saturday.
College students are actually being requested to return their yearbooks to the varsity on Tuesday. Duane mentioned a full stock shall be accomplished to make sure that each copy is accounted for.
“Additional route shall be offered within the coming days/weeks, and we ask for 100 per cent cooperation from all college students, dad and mom/guardians and employees,” she mentioned.