CCVS Principal Patricia Brown Ignored Requests to Remove Swastikas In Boys Washrooms – Why? by Jamie Gilcig

CCVS Principal Patricia Brown Ignored Requests to Remove Swastikas In Boys Washrooms – Why?  by Jamie Gilcig

swas photo aCornwall Ontario – Such a simple act.  Someone etches a swastika on a wall.   It’s just an image and we have to apologize for the poor quality of the photo taken with an iPod in poor bathroom lighting; but imagine if you’re from a family of holocaust survivors and you see that image while in a washroom after work in of all places…..a school.

It’s not the end of the world; so you go to another washroom, one right next to a library, and lo and behold there it is again.

You’re a mature professional adult so you finish your activity and decide to give the principal of the school a call.

She says the right things; but sure enough when you come back the next week there are the same two Swastikas.

The question then is how many young minds have been exposed to those symbols of hate during the week that has passed by?   But you’re busy and it’s only graffiti in a school washroom, right?   The principal probably forgot, right?

Another phone call.  A joke about how she doesn’t go into  boys bathrooms and the next time you return, there they are again.

So you make a visit.  Words are exchanged; nothing heated, nothing nasty,  all polite and then you come back again and there are those same swastikas staring at you from their places on the walls.

The question that has to be asked of CCVS Principal Patricia Brown is why she didn’t resolve the issue in the manner that Vice Principal Jason Wagensveld did today when the member of the public and I visited the school this morning.  Maintenance staff present stated that they had received no notice or request to remove the Swastikas from the principal previously and were surprised themselves finding them.

The swastikas were still there.   Mr. Wagensveld took matters in hand and within hours had called me to share that they were gone.  He also ensured that the other washrooms would be inspected.   The school during my visit this time, as in the past has always been clean and a credit to the Maintenance staff including the person they employ to remove graffiti.

We emailed Principal Brown, but she did not respond.   I phoned the Upper Canada District School board and heard back from a trustee who identified herself as Valerie via phone.   She refused to provide a written statement.  She cited employee confidentiality in relation to Principal Brown and suggested an anti-racism day at the School; but frankly this school isn’t the issue, nor are the kids.

The sole issue is why did Principal Patricia Brown apparently ignore multiple notifications of the greatest symbol of hate of the 20th Century being exposed to her students?

Anita Bromberg, National Director, Legal Affairs of Bnai Brith sent in the following statement;

“The fact that the chief school administrator failed to act, especially after the matter was brought to her direct attention, is in breach of the Zero Tolerance policy that should have guided her.
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That she would allow these images of hate to remain, and therefore be etched in the minds of her students, is simply unacceptable.
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Perhaps it would be appropriate for school board administrators to reinforce what a Zero Tolerance policy actually means?  
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Hopefully because of the dedication of a member of the public school officials and supervisors will do the right thing.”
 The School board and Ms Brown are welcome to submit a post statement or post in the comments section below.
Surely in 2013 there is no room for racism of any kind in our schools against any group.   Surely the school board cares deeply about the actions that someone entrusted to the role of Principal takes.  And surely the reaction should have been like that of Vice Principal Wagensveld and not that of Principal Patricia Brown?
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Elzoiey
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Elzoiey

It might be a good idea to spend your weekend doing some homework learning about the 2nd World War and the horror of the gas chambers Principle Brown.

jules
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jules

The sign of the Swastika used to be used by the native Indians of Canada and the US as a good luck symbol. It was used on pottery and on tents. It was used in India as well. Hitler was in the secret society called the Thule Society and somehow he picked it up for his Nazi (National Socialism) symbol and he wanted a pure race and he didn’t just execute the Jews but also the Gypsies among others. I do know the history and won’t go into it here since it is a symbol that was horrifying to those… Read more »

Harry Valentine
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Harry Valentine

About 2-years ago at a prom at an American high school, the lady principal decided to do a “thong check” to ensure that the young ladies were appropriately attired . . . some girls complained that the thong check amounted to “a peek show” as boys could clearly see as to what transpired. Offending girls were sent home to change. The local news media had a field day . . . no more thong checks. Several years ago at a private high school, girls’ winter school uniforms included knee-length navy blue skirts, black shoes and 40-denier black nylons . .… Read more »

Eric
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Eric

2 problems, the principals inaction, and maintenance staff needing a work order to perform a clean up.

Jules, for someone who has been told that your husbands term “Fossoli” was an internment camp, and used it again last week, your history knowledge is telling. Oh, and I started reading every 10th word of your posts.
http://www.deportati.it/english_fossoli.html

holly jarrett
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holly jarrett

Kudos Jamie Gilcig!!! My Inuit daughter has been attending the Upper Canada District School Board for the padt three consecutive school years, and is now in attendance at CCVS. She has received constant ridicule and has been the target of harassment simply because of the color of her skin. At three different schools and now is the victim of bullying .. what I call targeted harassment. We attended the introduction to CCVS last year and there was another principle there who declared that there is a zero tolerance policy concerning bullying. ZERO TOLERANCE???? PLEASE!!! These members of the majority race… Read more »

420
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420

As you know Jamie, I am the proud owner of three breeding Jews, my wife and two daughters. We think this is “much ado about nothing”. The kids are being stupid and the principal has other things to do. And there was no Jewish part of town (ghetto) in Cornwall. The chosen people were welcomed to the community as all others cultures have been and thrived, then left.
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I have issue with this Holly woman. Why bring an identifiable minority to Cornwall?
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And Jules is {MODERATED}

David Oldham
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David Oldham

Why temporarily remove this incompetent administrator for failing to do her job? Why hold her accountable for lacking the general ability and skill set necessary for her to perform her duties as Principal? Next, people will be expecting that school administrators be accountable for serving as role models for the student body. The community will demand that school administrators act like professionals and the outrage will go on and on perhaps for at least a day, maybe two. We are Canadian, surely Principal Patricia Brown can manufacture an excuse for her (in)actions so that everybody can simply sigh, forgive and… Read more »

Ann
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Ann

as much as i agree the principal failed to do her job but where was the cleaning staff,do they not do a check of the bathrooms nightly?the bathrooms are used daily so they must be cleaned the same,kids are kids and as longs as there has been a school students think its cute to grafiti on walls with what ever is on hand .you make sure the face of the schools are clean and free of graffiti do the same for where our students are everyday on the ind side. they both failed everyone in the school ,no bullying means… Read more »

Colleen
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Colleen

The bathrooms are supposed to be checked on a nightly basis, and upon seeing that graffiti, any self-respecting custodian would have removed it without any prompting….however, it wouldn’t stop a pain in the ass, vulgar, full of hate & attitude teenager from drawing another one.

jules
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jules

Eric it wasn’t my husband’s term “Fossoli” but it was another person who mentioned it here on CFN and I happened to see it and picked it up saying good now I have another name for Cornwall “Fossoli” so Eric my husband has absolutely nothing to do with this term Fossoli at all whatsoever. It is mine all mine now. It was someone else who came on and had a good laugh and named it that and I picked it up. Fossoli it is. LOL LOL. ROLF!

jules
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jules

“Holly Jarrett” I am deeply sorry for what your daughter is going through at CCVS and I too am a product of such humiliation in my youth and so have my children experienced that both in Ottawa as well as in Cornwall. When my children finished school in Cornwall my husband and I said to the teachers of both schools “Thank God that we do not have any more children in your schools” and we meant that. One very nice Syrian woman here in Ottawa had a very hard time with the school that her son was attending and Ottawa… Read more »

jules
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jules

What is it Jamie taking away my “Baba Ganoush” and throwing bacon at me. You know very well that we are a Christian Maronite family and as for other groups of religions and races we are people and we are all God’s people and there is nobody chosen. That was a mighty huge insult that 420 gave to Holly and it is something that I will remember this for life. Cornwall is mighty racist and I swear to you on both the Christian Bibles that I have here that I would never ever live in Cornwall for as long as… Read more »

Simon
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Simon

The little vandal(s) had no inkling what a swastika represents, and it was no more than an urge to be rebellious.

If anyone were really, really concerned about the offensive etching, they could have added a little more etching to make it look like a child’s rendering of a window …tada! I’ve done that before; there’s no unwanted attention, and no harm done to anybody. And it gets painted over at the end of the year.

Making a big deal out of a senseless and largely unnoticed act, only gives traction to this silliness.

420
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420

Hey Jules. Give your head a shake. My point is that people should have foresight into the consequences of their actions. I have friends who bought two Eskimo boys with ADD and they have to deal with it as well.

Whispering Wind
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Whispering Wind

also work in a public institution for the past 25 yrs where we have a Zero Tolerance of Race, color, creed etc., and the Privacy Act and Confidentially the whole nine yards and then some. If anyone of us, including senior admin violated and ignored this simple request made to you Mrs Brown on two occasions, no drama needed all you had to do was submit a work order to the cleaning staff and have it removed from the walls. Instead you choose to disobeyed this simple easy solution to correct what is wrong and make it right. At my… Read more »

fed up tax payer
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fed up tax payer

I have a simple solution for this problem that will actually create jobs. Hire more maintenance staff to clean or repair graffiti and vandalism. The provincial government has cut school support staff funding over the years and the results are under staff, over burden school board employees. To pay for this, start charging all outside groups that use the schools facilities. The schools are continously being used by organizations who don’t pay a dime to use the buildings. So our taxes pay to heat or air condition these large buildings, lighting,wear and tear cleaning etc… The results would be a… Read more »

David Oldham
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David Oldham

Hiring more people is not an answer to this problem it is a reaction to the situation. The answer is simple if the benefit of the doubt goes to the history departments and the schools actively engage in remembrance day activities. If education includes studying about war atrocities, effects of racism and hate crimes in general then the incident that we read about is one of relatively few. Ignorance most likely led to the graffiti on the wall but the real issue here is the inability of Principal Patricia Brown to carry out her duties. I do not feel that… Read more »

Diane
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Diane

Hiring more staff would improve the appearance of the school and perhaps create a better learning environment. Teaching our children to become good adults begins at home,
unfortunately alot of parents are not fit to raise children themselves.

The schools should charge a user fee for outside organizations, I own a house, paid the mortgage but I
still have to pay property tax, water tax, gas to heat, electricity for lights and so on. My point is we do all own these buildings in a way, but who pays for all the extra expenses.

jimmy Olsen
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jimmy Olsen

Mr. Wagensveld, A+

Ms. Brown, FAILURE

jules
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jules

I agree with Mr. Oldman that hiring more staff is not the answer but education is the answer. I wish to God that those holocaust survivors were alive today to teach the students what they went through. I am married to a Lebanese Christian Maronite (Eastern Catholic Church) and this affects me and would affect people who are Jews even more so. I am so mighty upset over this that I cannot even think of anything else. I am trembling for what is to come in the future when people are acting like this. There is absolutely no excuse for… Read more »

JR
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JR

Mrs brown {MODERATED} at the school board..I found that out with having to deal with her and the lies back at tagwi

Michael Clifton
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Michael Clifton

An inspired school administrator might have chosen to seize on the ill-advised gesture and use it to illustrate an important life lesson. I guess things haven’t changed at ol’ CC much since I passed through. I remember a staff of mostly effete teachers going through the motions – a very uninspired place. When a troubled student didn’t show the required level of dilligence, instead of showing concern or compassion the teachers mostly chose to punish. Of course many of the underachievers had problems at home or were struggling with emotional issues. I witnessed zero compassion for these unfortunates. There were… Read more »

Proud Cornwall supporter
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Proud Cornwall supporter

Let set the record straight here, so listen up…..the first time the symbol was put up, it was moved immediately. The second time the little buggers did it, they etched it into an asbestos loaded wall. The custodians were not allowed to touch it without the proper clearance. They could not sand it out. This took a couple of days for the proper authorities to tell staff how to handle asbestos. Also what precautions to take because of the kids possible using the washroom. So THAT is why something wasn’t done the same day! As far as bullying, the school… Read more »

go_figure
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go_figure

Nice reporting Proud Cornwall Supporter. Jamie, are you taking notes? We’re waiting for your second official apology now. I think Mrs. Brown deserves a direct one. I’m going to take a page out of your book here and suggest that you resign from your position if you don’t apologize.

go_figure
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go_figure

Your apology won’t matter now as the damage is already done. Another good person has suffered at the hands of your blog. Once again, you’ve let your personal beef with someone (in this case, UCDSB) get in the way of your job. I’m still trying to figure out how 420’s first comment on the follow-up article was allowed? Does calling someone ugly (I can only assume this is what was written because you moderated most of the word) serve any purpose in this discussion?

Bart
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Bart

Wait a minute. Did someone say CCVS is full of asbestos?

TooMuch
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TooMuch

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