June 20, 2016 11:36 am
Updated: June 20, 2016 1:19 pm

Human rights complaint filed against Steinbach-area school division

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A school division, southeast of Winnipeg, is facing a human rights complaint over excluding sexual orientation and gender identity from discussion in the classroom.

The Public Interest Law Centre filed the complaint to the Manitoba Human Rights Commission on Friday on behalf of Michelle McHale and Karen Phillips.

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The incident happened in March, when McHale and Phillips alleged one of their children was bullied at a school in the Hanover School Division because the women are a same-sex couple.

McHale said she spoke with the principal at her child’s school attempt to stop the bullying, according to the complain document. McHale said the principal told her no information regarding “same sex relationships, attractions or gender identity” was to be included in any of the elementary or middle school classrooms.

The parents said they felt this contributed to an unsafe school environment for students, according to the document.

“Hanover School Division has not yet received an official notice of the Human Rights Complaint filed on behalf of Ms. McHale. Until we have had opportunity to review contents of the complaint, no further statement will be issued,” said Hanover School Division’s Ron Falk in a media release.

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