Prince George Secondary School students protest blackface incident

The exterior of the Prince George Secondary School building
Kate Partridge - CFUR - Prince GeorgeBC | 02-11-2020

Students at the Prince George Secondary School (PGSS) are holding their peers, teachers and school administration to account following an incident of blackface on Friday, Oct 30. The student was reportedly dressed as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in blackface, referencing the photo that resurfaced last year of Trudeau taken in 2001 while he was a teacher as West Point Grey Academy.

School District 57 superintendent Anita Richardson called the behaviour "an obvious violation of the school (Policy 5131.7) and district (Policy 5131) student codes of conduct as well as district policy".

This morning, a group of students at the school staged a protest outside the school, holding signs that read "Tolerating Racism is Racism" and "Make Racism Wrong Again," as well as starting an online petition calling for further disciplinary action by the school board and administration.

Richardson did not provide any further comments so as to protect the confidentiality of the student and their family.

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2 months ago

Should be expelled. Putting a label of “trudeau” on the costume does not make it any less racist. What a shame.

Yetunde Bada
Yetunde Bada
2 months ago

Kudos to the students for staging a peaceful protest and calling attention to the situation!!!