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VSB to vote on policy to deal with hate more than one year after racist video

Last Updated Dec 16, 2019 at 6:30 am PDT

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Summary

The VSB is responding more than a year after a racist, hate-filled video made the rounds at a Vancouver school

The school board is set to vote on a motion that will look at how it should handle incidents of racism

Parents have been frustrated with the way the situation involving a student at Lord Byng was dealt with

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Angry and emotional parents frustrated with how a racist, hate-filled video made by a student at Lord Byng Secondary was handled are about to get a response from the Vancouver School Board.

Trustees are expected to vote on a motion, put forward by Trustee Jennifer Reddy, looking at how the VSB should handle incidents of racism. The vote is expected to take place on Monday night.

A committee called on the district to hire an expert to create a policy for responding to “hate-motivated crimes and/or actions.”

Reddy developed the motion in collaboration with 15 parents, legal and policy experts, and community members last spring.

This comes more than a year after the video circulated. Last month, a human rights complaint was filed against the VSB for its handling of the situation, but the board says it has worked with the school and community to provide anti-racism education to students.

The controversial video was made last November by a male student at Lord Byng Secondary.

Citing privacy concerns, the district has never revealed what punishment the student got but reports have indicated he was initially suspended for three days.

-With files from Monika Gul