3 incidents of anti-Black racist graffiti found in Etobicoke school

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WATCH ABOVE: Toronto police are investigating after anti-Black racist graffiti was found in bathrooms at an Etobicoke high school. This is the third time this week schools in the Toronto District School Board have made headlines relating to racism and discrimination. Morganne Campbell has more in this report – Feb 10, 2022

Three incidents of anti-Black racist graffiti have been found in bathrooms at a high school in Etobicoke, Ont.

In a letter sent to parents and students at the Etobicoke School of the Arts, located on Royal York Road north of The Queensway, the school’s principal said the graffiti was located in bathrooms on the first and second floors.

“These are upsetting and unacceptable incidents that are harmful to students, staff and families, especially in the Black community,” Grant Fawthrop said.

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“We take issues like this, which make any member of our community feel unsafe or unwelcome, very seriously. Acts of anti-Black racism and all forms of discrimination will not be tolerated.”

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Fawthrop said staff are following the Toronto District School Board’s reporting processes and are investigating.

Toronto police have also been notified and are investigating, Fawthrop added.

The graffiti has since been covered up and a crew was expected to remove it Wednesday evening, the letter said.

Support and counselling services are available for students.

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