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May 22, 2018 – Racist Slurs spray painted on Wali ul Asr Muslim School Statement by Jim Karygiannis, Councillor, Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt and Deputy Mayor Glen De Baeremaeker

Jim Karygiannis speaking to media at the scene.

Earlier yesterday evening, we were notified that someone had spray painted racist slurs and defaced the Wali ul Asr Muslim School on Torrance Road.

This is a school for children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Along with their academic studies, they are taught good manners, mutual respect, peace, kindness, love and tolerance. Tomorrow morning, these children, as they return to school, may be greeted with disrespect, intolerance and hatred.

“As the Advocate for Newcomers to the City of Toronto, I want, on behalf of Toronto City Council, to express my anger and disgust for this appalling display of racism to the staff, parents and, especially, the students at Wali ul Asr Muslim School” said Jim Karygiannis

“I trust that the Toronto Police Service will do everything in their power to bring the perpetrators of this revolting act of vandalism to justice.” stated Deputy Mayor Glen De Baeremaeker

“This act of vandalism does not represent our City or Country. Canada is multicultural with a strong belief in freedom of religion and the right of all children to be educated without being subjected to hate or discrimination.  This incident must serve to remind each of us that we must strive to live up to these basic tenets of our democracy” continues Jim Karygiannis.

“Special thanks got to City Staff for immediately responding and mitigating to remove the Graffiti in making sure that our City Motto ‘diversity is our strength’ prevails” concluded Deputy Mayor Glen De Baeremaeker.

 

 

 

 

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