LETTER: Confusion regarding contradictory rules in BC School Act

Dear Editor:

I have been following Gertie Pool’s reflections ever since she became an advocate for crime victims.

After rapping Judge Boyle’s knuckles for refusing to sentence a rapist to prison, her actions ultimately led to a reversal and imprisonment for the offender. Gertie’s complaint is that Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes may contravene the BC School Act.

The opportunity to fill a shoe box with stationary, toys, and hygiene items for hurting children was merely presented as a way to help bring joy to those less fortunate, and was totally optional. OCC does not place any religious materials inside the boxes.

Abbotsford public schools readily participate in Diwali; a Hindu festival. Vancouver Island students were recently required to participate in a classroom and student native Indian cleansing, performed by a First Nations member without prior parental notification. I’m confused; which one of the above contravenes the School Act?

Connie Eberhardt

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