‘I felt like I didn’t matter’: calls for anti-racism policies at emotional VSB meeting

Vancouver parents broke into tears during an emotional school board committee meeting, as they spoke of how their children and families were coping with anti-Black racism.

One 14-year-old student told members of the Vancouver School Board’s (VSB) policy and governance committee she spent her first year of high school holding her breath.

“I felt like I didn’t matter to my school and the adults in charge,” she said.

The young girl was enrolled at Lord Byng Secondary School last fall when a video laced with racist epithets and threats targeting Black students began circulating. It was filmed by a White student at the school.

Suzanne Daley, the girl’s mother, says the VSB did nothing to support them.

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