Peel Police are investigating after a video, appearing to show students of a Mississauga school burning a Pride flag, surfaced online.
In a letter to parents, the principal of Cawthra Park Secondary School, Tyler McLeod, revealed administrators are aware of the video, which he said involved students of the school burning a Pride flag in a nearby park.
We are aware of the video circulating on social media that shows a Pride flag being burned. We understand that this… https://t.co/yeN70yqC0O— Peel Regional Police (@Peel Regional Police) 1623340614.0
The video, which also includes laughter in the background, was reportedly sent to students of the school who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+.
The act is now being investigated as hate-motivated, according to police. "We understand that this incident has an impact on the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and want to reassure everyone that officers from 12 Division are investigating this as a hate-motivated incident," read the tweet.
The Peel District School Board also released a statement, stating "We recognize the harm that actions like this cause our students, staff and families. Behaviour like this is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Cawthra Park or at any school within the PDSB."