It surprised even some members of the Halton Catholic School Board that a majority of members at a recent meeting rejected their own policy regarding discipline and anti-bullying.
The policy is required by law to be in compliance with the Provincial government’s Education Act and the Human Rights Code.
What’s disturbing is that one of the Board members expressed concern that mentioning sexual orientation and gender identity might go against the religious teachings of the Catholic Church.
Are you kidding ?
That’s the kind of archaic and misinformed thinking that fans the flames of bullying and violence against members of the LGBTQ community.
I don’t know if those Board members are homophobic or just woefully uneducated, but here’s a news flash; you have transgender Catholics attending your schools, you have gay students and probably gay teachers in your schools and they are God’s people too , and they’re entitled by law to be protected from bullying and harassment.
If Board members can’t overcome their bias and do what’s required by law, you have to question their fitness for public office.
Board Chair Jane Michael tells me that she’s confident that when the issue comes back for a vote, that it will pass.
I hope so; in the meantime, some members of the Halton Catholic Board need to re-assess their so called ‘Christian’ values.