Blackface allegations against school VP investigated
Paul Johnston , CP24.com
Published Monday, November 4, 2013 7:05PM EST
Last Updated Monday, November 4, 2013 7:24PM EST
Allegations that a Peel District School Board staff member painted his face black as part of a Halloween costume are being actively investigated, a spokesperson with the board has confirmed.
The incident involves a vice-principal from Mayfield Secondary School, which is located at 5000 Mayfield Rd. in Caledon, Ont., board communications officer Ryan Reyes said. A photo sent to CP24 shows the man in blackface dressed as Mr. T.
Reyes confirmed that the school board is aware of the incident, which they first heard about on Halloween. Officials began their investigation Friday.
Reyes forwarded a statement on behalf of the Peel District School Board.
“I would like to apologize on behalf of the Peel District School Board and senior administration for the hurt caused by this incident,” Director of Education Tony Pontes said in the statement. “Our board does not condone or tolerate actions of this type.
“Be assured that we have taken immediate action to investigate the incident and to follow up with appropriate education, communication and remedies as guided by our human rights policy,” the statement continues.
“This incident is a reminder to us that our good work around equity and inclusion is never done and that we must continue to educate ourselves, our staff and students around racism, discrimination and stereotyping.”
Reyes said the incident took place at the school last Thursday, but would not confirm the name of the vice-principal.
While unable to comment on what if any disciplinary action had or would take place with the staff member in question, Reyes said that potential action could include a number of measures, including termination.