Over the course of this week, we’ve shed light on Canadian school districts (first Calgary, then southwestern Ontario) where our Access to Information requests revealed a schoolyard scandal, caused by the influx of Syrian migrants in our classrooms:
Security concerns on campus, Syrian migrant students physically assaulting their peers (including the girls), threatening their non-Muslim teachers, and being intolerant of the Christian kids in their class.
Today, we present the third part to our series, based on documents obtained from the Edmonton Public School Board. You can see all the documents at the bottom of this page.
Here’s one email from 124 we obtained, which outlines the Syrian situation on the ground:
“The Mennonite Society in Edmonton [or EMCN, an immigrant settlement agency] has indicated there have been challenges in Edmonton schools with some youth demonstrating aggressive behaviors; and in some situations being expelled from the school.”
Well, that’s a change. Unlike Calgary and Southwestern Ontario (not to mention Nova Scotia and New Brunswick), schools in Edmonton do seem to be administering actual discipline for Syrian migrant bad behavior, which is good.
But according to the EMCN, schools should not be disciplining the Syrian kids with the same standards they apply to Canadian children.
In one of the emails we obtained, an EMCN representative encouraged the school board to allow the agency to do more “cultural brokering” on the board’s behalf.
What’s that? WATCH and see.
The Edmonton School Board’s executive director, in one email, writes:
“With the influx of Syrian refugees in schools, how is this affecting school budgets and supports and are dollars being taken away from planned supports to help schools with new students. Concern is current students are possibly suffering because a political decision is made that helps politicians look good at expense of students in classrooms.
These aren’t my words. It’s coming straight from people who are acutely aware of the Syrian scandal taking place on Edmonton’s schoolyards. (Unlike the folks on Parliament Hill, many of whom, no doubt, send their kids to private schools…)
Those politicians might not want to hear you out, but I do. I have been tracking these scandals for six months now and it all started with one tip from a single concerned parent. The Edmonton School board, much like the others before them, will NOT provide me with any comment. They’re afraid.
The mainstream media won’t report on this story because they’d prefer to pretend it’s not happening. But we at The Rebel are committed to exposing the truth, no matter how uncomfortable it might be.
And so, if you are a parent whose child is being bullied, or you are a teacher who is suffering from a lack of resources in the classroom, email us at TIPS@THEREBEL.MEDIA
We’ll check the facts. And if it’s true, we’ll tell your story. Because that's what journalists are supposed to do
PS: Tune in to my show "On the Hunt" tomorrow (October 6 at 9pm ET) for more breaking news and commentary on Canada’s schoolyard scandal.