UPDATED 5:20pm 2/9/13 RICHVIEW FACULTY RESPONDS TO “RACIST” LETTER
UPDATE as of 2/9/13 2:23 am est:
Someone sent me an email saying that the school has sent out a letter via email to parents confirming what we all pretty much knew. The letter WAS NOT written by a school official. In the letter the email states that the police are conducting a investigation. I am working on getting a forward of this email so I can share with you all.
Again, thanks for reading and I will be updating you all with the latest information.
Last night I wrote an article that created quite the debate on schools and race relations. The photo below has been circulating just about every social network for the past 24 hours. The letter, ALLEGEDLY written by a school official at Richview Collegiate Institute, basically states that black students are aggressive and eye contact should be avoided to minimize altercations. It also states that black students will have to pay a extra $1.50 for cafeteria items for their “aggressiveness”.
Now I had my doubts from the get go about this letter. BUT, if this letter was indeed written by a disgruntled student, why would they do this? Had they themselves been discriminated against or victimized because of their race and they decided to retaliate? Well a student who attends a school nearby had this to say to Tahlia Speaks:
“I went to a school only a few minutes away from RCI, and so I am aware of Richviews racist reputation. When you went to their school on sporting events you could really smell the stench of racism. I remember thinking I could never go to a school like this. With that said this letter might be real. I called the school to do some investigations, and the administration sent my call voicemail. Then I tried again and spoke to the secretary, she acknowledged the letter in the beginning and then got on the defense (maybe my tone gave me away) . She demanded to know whose name was at the bottom of the letter but I did not have that information. She also said she could not help me until she knew who it was signed by. I challenged her when I asked don’t all letters with letter heads go through the administrators, and the schools office. She then shot back that a teacher could have sent it out. Hmmmmmmm. Sounds like they are trying to displace the blame. It was funny how we had this nice lengthy vague conversation about a letter that “may not be real” … what do you guys think?”
Anyone who lives in the Toronto or Ontario area please call Richview Collegiate and see if you can get a official statement from the school! I am dying to hear what they have to say.
P.S. If you are a student or former student of Richview Collegiate Institute and you would like to share your race relations experiences (good or bad) feel free to email Tahlia@TahliaSpeaks.com. Please know I am not trying to slander the school at all. I am just trying to get answers for teachers, students, and parents.
The plot thickens…