TORONTO AREA SCHOOL TRUSTEE RESIGNS AMID GROWING PRESSURE

Feb 17, 2017

By Christine Ross

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A York Region school board trustee under fire for months for using a racial slur has resigned. In a tearful video posted to YouTube, 82-year-old Nancy Elgie says she wants to allow a process of healing, learning and restoration to begin for the school board and community. Elgie says she made a “terrible mistake” using the slur when referring to a parent. The incident occurred last November while she was having a private conversation with another trustee. She says she was trying to refer to a parent featured in media stories about children being called a hurtful racist word. Elgie says in trying to explain things, her words came out “horribly wrong” and she apologized immediately. Someone overheard her remark but not her apology and filed a complaint. Elgie says she is truly sorry for the pain her words have caused.

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