Administrators with Ottawa’s French language school board say they were “shocked” to discover someone had spray-painted racist graffiti at École secondaire publique Louis-Riel in Blackburn Hamlet on the weekend.
The vandalism occurred sometime over the weekend and appeared in several locations on the high school’s property.
“The graffitis are heinous words targeted toward the black community of our school,” said the board’s superintendent of education responsible for Louis-Riel, Amine Aïdouni. “We were shocked to discover what was written, and obviously it goes against everything we stand for.”
Aidouni said the board, Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO), is working with police in their investigation.
“We have made sure to erase the graffiti as soon as we could,” Aïdouni said. “The paint was very fresh, so the graffiti came off thankfully fairly easily.”
Aïdouni said the board will offer counselling to anyone in the school community who wants to talk about what happened.
Amine Aïdouni, a superintendent of education with Ottawa’s French language school board, says the incident goes against the school’s values of equity and inclusivity. 0:37
The incident is one of three recent incidents of anti-black graffiti currently under police investigation. Ottawa police have closed their investigation into a fourth incident in which someone spray-painted the message “N–gers, out!” on a black family’s garage door in the city’s…