Niagara school board director says schools should be safe haven for all students

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Published September 20, 2023 at 1:49 pm

DSBN Director of Education Warren Hoshizaki with a student at a track and field meet.

The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) Director of Education Warren Hoshizaki said today (Sept. 20) that regardless of the protests and counter-protests going on across the country regarding gender identity policies in schools, his board’s priority is protecting all of its students.

“Our first priority is to support and ensure the safety of the 2SLGBTQ+ students and staff in the DSBN, who are the target of today’s protest,” said Hoshizaki.

“The DSBN is committed to establishing and maintaining safe learning and working environments, where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.”

The “1 Million March 4 Children” demonstrations are taking place in countless cities across the country and are being met with counter-protestors at every turn.

However, Hoshizaki made it clear that his board does not support their protestors’ stated goal of the elimination of the sexual orientation and gender identity curriculum, pronouns, gender ideology, and mixed bathrooms in schools.

“Our human rights policy prohibits occurrences of hate and/or bias as well as all forms of discrimination and harassment based on protected grounds,” said Hoshizaki.

“This includes ensuring transgender and gender diverse students have the right to openly be who they are and express their gender identity. As a proactive measure, we have shared resources and conversation guides to ensure staff are well-equipped to support students.”

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