Teacher who wore Blackface to school ‘no longer employed’ by TDSB

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A teacher who wore Blackface to a high school for Halloween is reportedly no longer employed by the Toronto District School Board.

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According to various reports, TDSB Superintendent Debbie Donsky said in a letter sent home to parents, caregivers and students on Wednesday that school board officials probed the Oct. 29 incident at Parkdale Collegiate Institute.

“The investigation is now complete and the appropriate consequences have been applied,” Donsky said in the letter. “I can confirm that the staff member is no longer employed at the Toronto District School Board.”

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The teacher, who has not been publicly identified, had been placed on home assignment pending the outcoming of the investigation, she said.

“As we said in our first letter informing you of this incident, caricatures of peoples’ race or culture are not appropriate and are offensive and hurtful,” Donsky said. “Regardless of whether this was intended or not, it was racist and dehumanizing.”

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