Charter rights violated in school, says advocate

  • May. 31, 2013 12:00 p.m.

A member of the public says some students’ charter rights have been violated in Queen Charlotte, and asked questions about the situation at the May 28 school board meeting in Masset. April Churchill did not get into specifics about individuals involved, but said she had serious concerns about the school discipline process and was worried that trustees were not hearing all sides of the story. Ms Churchill, the former vice-president of the Council of the Haida Nation, said she is not related to any of the people involved. She was asked by parents to advocate on their behalf. “Students’ charter rights were violated,” she said during the public question period of the school board meeting.”Students were not provided with an opportunity to give their side of the story… I would like the board to conduct a fair, impartial hearing into what went on.” School board chair Elizabeth Condrotte replied that trustees were planning to discuss the matter at an in camera, or closed, meeting later that night, and that she also has a meeting set up with Ms Churchill in the coming week. Ms Churchill told trustees she appreciates all the work they do and understands they have a challenging position. “Thank you, from my heart,” she said. “I’m doing this for the kids.”