Parents have been contacted by a North York middle school about a “unacceptable” incident in which two pupils allegedly brandished swastikas and gave the Nazi salute in front of classmates.
On February 1, an anti-Semitic incident occurred at Charles H. Best Middle School, which is near Dufferin Street and Finch Avenue.
In a letter to parents, the school’s principal stated that although the investigation is underway, attempts will be made to resolve the situation and turn it into a learning opportunity.
The principal also insisted that that the incident is “not reflective of who we are and what we stand for as a school community.”
“As soon as these incidents were brought to our attention we took immediate steps to address the issue and continue to investigate,” the letter states. “On behalf of Charles H Best Middle School. we acknowledge and regret the harm this incident caused to members of our school community and to our shared school climate.”
The letter sent home to parents noted that the incident took place last week, prior to the beginning of classes.
The school said it is engaging with TDSB equity consultants “to build new strategies and tools for tackling antisemitism” in the wake of the event.
It’s unclear what kind of disciplinary action the kids involved would face right now.
The letter reads, “We will be working with students to resolve this situation and integrate this as a learning opportunity that encourages equity and inclusion to underline our commitment to provide a safe and inviting environment for all.”