9 extra yearbook entries tampered with at college the place Black pupil's tribute modified to racist slur: police

Ontario police investigating how a Black pupil’s yearbook tribute to his grandmother was changed with a racist slur now say 9 extra college students have come ahead saying their submitted quotations have been additionally tampered with.

In a information launch Friday, the Durham Regional Police Service mentioned the 9 college students on the Pickering, Ont., college are a combination of feminine and male college students from varied cultural backgrounds.

Police mentioned one of many 9 further entries modified had racist undertones. As well as, they mentioned a feminine pupil was criticized about her physique picture, whereas one male pupil was criticized for his grades.

Durham police have been interviewing college and college students at St. Mary Catholic Secondary College after pupil Joshua Telemaque’s yearbook entry — which was alleged to learn “RIP Grandma. Thanks for guiding me via my 4 years of highschool” — was modified to “RIP Harambe Dooga booga.O.”

Harambe refers to a gorilla that was killed at a Cincinnati, Ohio, zoo in 2016. 

In a letter despatched to college students and workers and dated Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, St. Mary principal Susan Duane mentioned the yearbooks have been distributed Saturday and the varsity was “horrified to find that inappropriate feedback have been unknowingly revealed.” 

The college mentioned it has launched an investigation with the Durham Regional Police Service “to make sure that all people accountable are held accountable.”

Telemaque’s aunt, Mayma Raphael, has mentioned she believes a bunch of scholars and not less than one trainer have been liable for dealing with the yearbook.

The college ordered college students to return their yearbooks earlier this week and mentioned a full stock would happen to verify each copy is accounted for.

Information of the modifications to Telemaque’s yearbook entry sparked widespread condemnation in addition to an outpouring of affection and help.

After his story started making headlines each in Canada and internationally, dozens of strangers — together with 5 Toronto Raptors gamers — despatched Telemaque birthday properly needs that have been compiled in a video on-line. You’ll be able to watch it right here.

For extra tales concerning the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success tales throughout the Black neighborhood — try Being Black in Canada, a CBC challenge Black Canadians could be pleased with. You’ll be able to learn extra tales right here.


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