Peel police investigating burning of Pride flag near local school as ‘hate-motivated’

Peel police are investigating the matter after a video surfaced on social media that showed the pride flag burning.

Granthshala has seen the video, originally shared on social media app Snapchat, showing a broken pride flag on fire. People can be heard laughing in the background.

The school said the video was allegedly recorded by students of Kawthra Park Secondary School (CPSS) in Mississauga.

In letter issued to families At the school, CPSS principal, Tyler McLeod, wrote that school students recorded the incident in a nearby park and sent videos to other students, who identified as LGBTQ.

“The incident is currently being investigated and the school administration is in contact with affected students and we are in the process of gathering further information about the alleged activities and the students involved,” wrote McLeod, who added that “wellness” Support will be provided to help staff and students understand the episode.

“I am truly sorry for the loss caused by this incident,” the school’s statement said.

Peel police released a tweet Thursday tweet confirm that they are looking into the incident.

“We understand that this incident has had an impact on the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and we want to assure everyone that the 12 Division authorities are investigating this as a hate-motivated incident,” the tweet said.

(2SLGBTQ+ stands for Two Enthusiasts, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and Other Different Identities.)

A spokesman for the Peel District School Board said both the board and school administration are aware of the video in Kawthra Park. “PDSB and Kawthra Park Secondary School condemn this despicable act of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. We take this very seriously and have launched an investigation.”

“We recognize the harm that such action causes to our students, staff and families. Such behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in Kawthra Park or any school in PDSB.”

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie condemned the incident on Thursday, calling it “disgusting and unacceptable.”

“This incident is very close to home for me. I am the proud parent of a 2SLGBTQ+ son. And I can only imagine how much pain and anxiety such an act can cause to families with 2SLGBTQ+ children. Discovering and understanding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression can be a very complex journey. And I am deeply saddened to think that such an act has the potential to intimidate and intimidate people for who they really are.

“But I want to make this very clear to all 2SLGBTQ+ community members and families: As your mayor, I will always stand up for you and defend you. You have my love and full support.

“You are an important part of our city,” Crombie said.

Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lease issued a statement on Thursday addressing the incident. “This is disturbing, unacceptable and goes against our commitment to inclusivity for all students. Especially during Pride, we celebrate 2SLGBTQ+ students and the community,” said Lecce.

“There is zero tolerance for bullying, intimidation and violence. I hope the Peel District School Board will support and protect Ontario’s 2SLGBTQ+ students.”

Jenna Moon is a breaking news reporter for Star and is based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @_jennamoon

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