Maple Ridge secondary students seek anti-homophobia policy

Maple Ridge-­Pitt Meadows secondary students, along with teachers will attend the School District No. 42 Board of Education meeting on today to advocate for trustees to adopt an anti-­homophobia policy.

They chose to present on what is widely known as Pink Shirt Day – a day that originated because of a specific type of bullying.

A Grade 8 student in Nova Scotia was harassed and bullied for wearing a pink shirt.

Now students and teachers, and even the general public throughout British Columbia are wearing pink today to not only stand together with the student from Nova Scotia, but to remind us that homophobic bullying is still a grim reality for many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered students.

Secondary students from four Diversity and Leadership Groups – at Samuel Robertson Technical, Garibaldi secondary, Thomas Haney secondary, and Maple Ridge secondary schools – in conjunction with their sponsor teachers and the Maple Ridge Teachers’ Association social justice committee, want the district to join the other 15 school districts in B.C. that have already developed anti-­homophobia policies.

George Serra, MRTA president, emphasizes that all students who attend schools in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows deserve to feel safe and that they can fully participate in all aspects of school life, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, race or culture.

“Schools are places where we learn, to learn and accept each other is not only a human right, but a freedom we all need to strive for.”

• For more information, call the Maple Ridge Teachers’ Association at 604-467-2111.

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