Teacher: ‘It was just a dream’
A senior teacher in a small rural school in Ontario says she was “just a dream” when she got the call that her daughter was a student at Toronto’s vocal school.
The message she received from the school was that her child had been accepted and the teacher, who wishes to remain anonymous, had no idea she was pregnant, she said.
“They gave us a list of schools that were interested in our child, but we didn’t know what to expect, so we decided to go for it,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified.
“It was a dream.
And we have never thought about it again.”
A few days later, she was asked to help take her daughter to a new school, which was the only one of its kind in the province.
The woman said she was devastated to learn she was carrying the child of a school that was not accepting students with children.
She said she thought her daughter would make a good teacher.
But when she arrived at the school, the principal told her it was not a place for children who are gay.
“I’m a woman, I’m in my late 30s, I have children and I have two kids.
I just want to raise my children well,” she said in a phone interview from Toronto.”
But the school just did not look at my situation and said, ‘OK, we’ll just say that you have a problem with this school.'”
The school said it was reviewing its policies and procedures to address this issue.
It also said that students who have parents who have committed suicide will not be admitted into the school.
“This is not an isolated case,” said an email from the principal, who said the school is “committed to supporting students and staff who may be at risk for bullying or discrimination”.
“Our staff work tirelessly to address bullying and harassment of any kind, including sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.”
The Toronto School Board said in an email it is committed to supporting all students and students who feel they are at risk.
“We are committed to ensuring that our student-teacher relationships are safe and welcoming,” the board said.
In a statement, the Toronto school board said it does not endorse the use of homophobic, transphobic or other discriminatory language and “we do not condone the targeting of anyone on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity”.
The district is considering adding a clause to its policies to address the concerns raised by the woman.
The board is also working with the province to create a policy that would address the issue.
“There are schools across the province that are looking at this, and we will certainly look at our policies to ensure that this is not a problem for students,” said board spokesperson Melissa Gagliardi.
The board said the issue was being considered and would be discussed when it releases its school safety strategy.
Students in other provinces, including Ontario, are not required to attend school with gay or lesbian students.
In the US, President Barack Obama has said he has made it clear that schools are not places for students who are attracted to students of the same sex, but many states and Canadian provinces are trying to change that.
Canada has not made any changes to its anti-bullying laws since 2005, when the Canadian Human Rights Commission ruled schools are no longer places to allow students to be bullied.