I want to show you a video of a schoolyard fight. The video was taken by a student at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School in Red Deer.
The fight matters because it is between Syrian refugee students and Canadian students at a Canadian school.
On May 15 and 16, a total of eight students, both Syrian refugees and Canadian kids, were involved in two separate violent altercations.
The series of fights prompted a protest at the school, with about 40 protesters expressing concern about the lack of integration of the Syrian students into Canadian culture.
I’ve been inundated with emails about this story. People want to know the whole truth whatever the whole truth is. What all those emails mean to me is that unlike the mainstream media, people trust us at The Rebel to find the facts and follow them wherever they may take us.
Faith Goldy reported the story of Syrian refugee children choking, hitting, and abusing other students at Chebucto Heights elementary school in Halifax. It was a story other outlets refused to cover, and the one outlet that did, the Chronicle Herald, deleted their story because they were worried about expressing more cultural sensitivity towards those who were doing the choking of Haligonian children.
We aren't going to read Lindsay Thurber High School’s press releases and consider it over and done. We won’t self-censor out of cultural sensitivity, either.
This story is important and because it is so important I am taking the time to gather all the facts, without hysteria, to get it right and cut through the internet rumors and innuendo. I’ve emailed the school looking for answers to other questions I have. I’ve spoken to a parent of a child involved and I’ll bring you whatever additional information they can tell me. Like always, I have filed for access to all the relevant documents from the school board.
If you have any tips or are a witness to either of these fights, or if you are a parent of one of the students, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. I won’t speak to your children without your knowledge or consent.