Trustee apologizes for comments about gay students
School board member said ‘it would be helpful’ for gay students to be less overt
An Alberta school trustee has apologized for suggesting that gay students should be act less gay so they will not be bullied.
Dale Schaffrick said in a written statement, “I want to apologize for my remarks at the ASBA fall general meeting. They were inappropriate and offensive and I apologize for that. I was speaking as an individual trustee and not on behalf of my board.”
Schaffrick made the remarks during a debate Monday at the fall meeting of the ASBA, in which trustees discussed and rejected a proposal from Edmonton Public Schools that would protect gay students from bullying and discrimination.
Schaffrick was asked if gay students should try to be less “obvious” when as school, he answered,”I think for their own benefit…it would be helpful.”
Schaffrick said that he is not homophobic and wants all students to be protected.