The local French Catholic school board says a group of students involved in an online video will be asked to make a ‘restorative gesture that is just as public as their previous actions’.
In a letter to their school communities, Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord says a group of 7th and 8th graders from one of their schools accepted a social media challenge circulating on Tik Tok.
“The challenge was to promote hatred and the public manifestation of it on the schoolyard.” reads the letter.
The board says this event has had consequences for the students as this type of behaviour is not tolerated in their schools.
“They must acknowledge their lack of discernment, digital citizenship, and the extent to which they have harmed the well-being of community members in the region and even the country,” states the letter.
On top of lessons that have already started, the board says various guests will provide the entire school community with dialogue and knowledge that can contribute to the social growth of youth and staff.
They say youth and adult education is key to stopping bullying, anti-Semitism, racism, and other forms of discrimination.
The board is also thanking their staff and parents for their ongoing commitment to equity.
“Speaking out against all forms of prejudice is essential for the collective good and the rights of one’s fellow human beings, as well as for ensuring a value-based school community that contributes positively and responsibly to the society we want for our children and future generations,” reads the letter. “We are heartbroken by what has happened and will not tolerate such behaviour in school. We are committed to increasing dialogue and knowledge in our classrooms and to supporting our students on their journey.”