VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Parents concerned about racism among Vancouver students are meeting with the School Board, bringing a petition backed by hundreds of people and dozens of organizations.
The B.C. Community Alliance will be speaking with the VSB from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday to address issues around growing racism, student safety, and school policy.
“We are hoping to provide information, hear impact statements from the parents (and possibly one of the students) and create some change in the short and long term approaches to these issues,” a statement by the alliance reads.
Discussing safety and the well-being of targeted students, restorative justice and clarity of school priorities, preventative measures, and the promotion of diversity and inclusion at Vancouver schools are all on the agenda.
This all comes after a white student at Lord Byng Secondary posted a video last year filled with hateful comments about black people.
The alliance is hoping the VSB will provide more clarity about “whether or not an offending student, such as this, would be permitted to return to Lord Byng.”
It notes the VSB did say the offending student would be allowed back this school year, however, the Alliance claims they did not after a letter and the petition from the group was circulated.
“Lord Byng is keeping a spot open for one of the students who left, if they wish to return; however, it will depend on this clarification of whether or not the school will be a safe environment for them,” the B.C. Community Alliance adds. “Specific questions will not be asked about the offending student, due to the privacy laws, but rather questions of school policy in this type of situation.”